The Path Blazers might be with out two of their most necessary gamers for an prolonged interval.
Portland’s depth took one other hit after guard CJ McCollum and heart Jusuf Nurkic each suffered accidents throughout January video games. The Path Blazers, already coping with the loss of Zach Collins after he underwent ankle surgical procedure in late December, should now lean much more on Damian Lillard and work out a solution to keep away from a significant drop within the Western Convention standings.
What’s subsequent for the Portland stars? Here is every thing we learn about McCollum and Nurkic and the newest information on when they could return to the court docket.
What’s CJ McCollum’s damage?
McCollum left a Jan. 16 recreation in opposition to the Hawks with what the Path Blazers initially known as a left foot sprain. Throughout the first quarter of that contest, Atlanta heart Clint Capela jumped to dam McCollum’s shot try on the rim and landed immediately on his left foot.
Right here’s the play CJ McCollum had his foot stepped on by Clint Capela…
The Blazer have formally introduced he has a left foot sprain and won’t return. pic.twitter.com/Aoflx48YcY
Further testing revealed McCollum had suffered a small hairline fracture in his left foot and a mid-foot sprain.
“Unhealthy timing, it is horrible timing,” McCollum stated of the damage. “It is nothing I can actually do about it. I work exhausting to handle myself. I put loads of time in. I put loads of effort into my physique. This is likely one of the conditions the place there’s not a lot I might have completed. Perhaps if I’d’ve completed a left-handed layup he would not have fell on prime of me, however it’s what it’s.
“I feel I am on the level in my life the place, management what you possibly can management. I am not gonna really feel sorry for myself. I stay a very good life. I am nonetheless gonna stay a very good life. That is one thing that I can overcome with a while and a few relaxation.”
What’s Jusuf Nurkic’s damage?
Nurkic left a Jan. 14 recreation in opposition to the Pacers with a right wrist fracture. Throughout the third quarter of that contest, Nurkic swiped at a driving Malcolm Brogdon, then instantly grabbed his wrist. He walked again to the locker room on the subsequent timeout break and didn’t return.
“We’re all the time gonna be right here for [Nurkic]. We’re all the time gonna present our assist for him,” Lillard stated. “However we gotta give him his area and let him take that in. It is a powerful factor. It comes with what we do, and it might probably occur at any time. I feel that is the very best factor to do and the way we must always deal with it.”
How lengthy will CJ McCollum be out?
Portland introduced on Jan. 19 that McCollum will be re-evaluated in four weeks. If he stays on that timeline, McCollum will miss at the very least 16 video games, however the 29-year-old stays optimistic about his future.
“I am battle-tested, man. I am good,” McCollum stated. “I have been by quite a bit in my life. I am in a very good stage of life. Mentally, I am at peace.”
“Within the meantime, I’ll simply get pleasure from what comes with this life. I’ll benefit from the wrestle of a few of the issues we take with no consideration…a few of the issues that we don’t notice are necessary to us that now you possibly can’t essentially do when issues occur like this.” – @CJMcCollum pic.twitter.com/2Lhjs1Lhfm
— Portland Path Blazers (@trailblazers) January 19, 2021
How lengthy will Jusuf Nurkic be out?
Portland introduced on Jan. 19 that Nurkic underwent wrist surgical procedure and might be re-evaluated in six weeks. If he stays on that timeline, Nurkic will miss at the very least 23 video games. Lillard expects backup large man Harry Giles to play a a lot bigger position with Nurkic sidelined.
“There’s gonna be an enormous alternative for [Giles], and I feel he is ready for it,” Lillard stated. “Mentally, I feel he is a brilliant assured younger participant. Each morning once I come into the ability, he is on one of many baskets engaged on his recreation, sweating. … He is been within the gymnasium. He is been making ready himself for every time that chance got here.
“I feel now it is right here, and I feel he’ll be prepared for it. We’re gonna want him to be.”
The Blazers will, at the very least within the brief time period, seemingly attempt to fill the opening left by Jusuf Nurkic’s damage by committee.
Enes Kanter & Harry Giles are already in #RipCity.
Damian Lillard says Giles has an enormous alternative and “he is ready for it.” pic.twitter.com/oMrXBfObrt
— AJ McCord (@AJ_McCord) January 15, 2021
CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic stats for 2020-21 season
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