But here we are, with Nurkic’s return during the Trail Blazers’ first-round series against the Warriors a daily question.
Dwight Jaynes of CSN Northwest:
Portland, down 1-0, is unlikely to beat Golden State with or without Nurkic. But the Trail Blazers hit another gear with him late in the season, and they’d have a better chance with him.
A center hodgepodge of Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu is tough to overcome. The Warriors are adept at playing burly centers like Nurkic off the floor, but his presence would help when Zaza Pachulia or JaVale McGee play and/or force Draymond Green into major minutes.
First, Nurkic must get healthy, and it’s hard to believe he’ll do that during this series. But as long as Portland doesn’t rule it out, we’ll keep watching his status.