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Rip City Project 3 hours ago

The Portland Trail Blazers should be pushing for Jusuf Nurkic to be an All-Star

As the All-Star break gets closer, the Portland Trail Blazers are pushing fans to vote for CJ McCollum rather than a better performing Jusuf Nurkic. Oh, NBA All-Star voting. When did get so… weird? In the most recent tally from fan voting per NBA.com, there are already a couple head-scratchers that could lead basketball purists to […] The Portland Trail Blazers should be pushing for Jusuf Nurkic to be an All-Star - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Rip City Project 22 hours ago

Iman Shumpert Attempted to Confront Jusuf Nurkic in the Blazers Locker Room

Iman Shumpert was apprehended by security outside of the Portland Trail Blazers locker room trying to confront Jusuf Nurkic. According to ESPN reports, Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped by security after he was attempting to enter the Portland Trail Blazers locker room. Shumpert was clearly still upset about a screen that Jusuf Nurkic […] Iman Shumpert Attempted to Confront Jusuf Nurkic in the Blazers Locker Room - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
ClutchPoints Jan 15, 2019
Kings’ Iman Shumpert explains why he went for Jusuf Nurkic in Blazers’ locker room, apologizes to fans

Kings’ Iman Shumpert explains why he went for Jusuf Nurkic in Blazers’ locker room, apologizes to fans

Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped by security from entering the Portland Trail Blazers’ locker room and going after Jusuf Nurkic after the Kings’ 115-107 victory on Monday night. Shumpert was apparently not happy over a hard screen that Nurkic set in the second half: “Some stuff needed to be between me and him, […] The post Kings’ Iman Shumpert explains why he went for Jusuf Nurkic in Blazers’ locker room, apologizes to fans appeared first on ClutchPoints.
ClutchPoints Jan 15, 2019
Jusuf Nurkic takes a shot at Iman Shumpert: ‘He’s going into retirement soon’

Jusuf Nurkic takes a shot at Iman Shumpert: ‘He’s going into retirement soon’

Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert was stopped from going into the Portland Trail Blazers’ locker room by arena security after the Kings’ 115-107 win on Monday night. Shumpert was allegedly angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a rock-hard screen in the first half. Nurkic was in the right position, but slightly shuffled his feet in Shumpert’s direction, nailing Shumpert […] The post Jusuf Nurkic takes a shot at Iman Shumpert: ‘He’s going into retirement soon’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.
ClutchPoints Jan 15, 2019
Kings’ Iman Shumpert waited for Jusuf Nurkic outside of Blazers’ locker room

Kings’ Iman Shumpert waited for Jusuf Nurkic outside of Blazers’ locker room

Sacramento Kings guard Iman Shumpert wanted to meet Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic after their showdown on Monday night at the Golden 1 Center. According to Peter Socotch of NBC Sports Northwest, Shumpert was seen outside Portland’s locker room after the game. The 28-year-old guard was reportedly looking to have a “conversation” with Nurkic. […] The post Kings’ Iman Shumpert waited for Jusuf Nurkic outside of Blazers’ locker room appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Jan 15, 2019
Iman Shumpert Has Drama with Blazers Locker Room After Kings Victory

Iman Shumpert Has Drama with Blazers Locker Room After Kings Victory

A hard first-quarter screen by Jusuf Nurkic makes waves throughout the game and beyond. Iman Shumpert came to the Portland Trail Blazers locker room wanting to “have a conversation” with center Jusuf Nurkic following Portland’s loss to the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. A hard first-quarter screen by Nurkic started the ill feelings, which apparently did not end after the final horn. Blazers’ security refused Shumpert access and the tension ebbed, but the extra excitement did not go unnoticed by Portland media. NBC Sports Northwest tweeted video of the play in question: Nurk...
ClutchPoints Jan 15, 2019
Video: Iman Shumpert went off on Jusuf Nurkic during Kings-Blazers game

Video: Iman Shumpert went off on Jusuf Nurkic during Kings-Blazers game

There were some fireworks on Monday night when the Sacramento Kings and Portland Trail Blazers faced off at Golden 1 Center. When Kings guard Iman Shumpert tried to run through a screen set by Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, the latter clipped the former with his shoulder. Intentional or not, Shumpert took exception to the hard […] The post Video: Iman Shumpert went off on Jusuf Nurkic during Kings-Blazers game appeared first on ClutchPoints.
ClutchPoints Jan 14, 2019
Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic sees great strides in Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic

Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic sees great strides in Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was encouraged by the strides his former teammate, now-Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic has made in the past two seasons since getting traded. Despite the initial dream of a twin-tower tandem, Jookic and Nurkic just couldn’t coexist in the same frontcourt, forcing Nurkic out eventually after a reported […] The post Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic sees great strides in Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Jan 13, 2019
Jokic Leads Bloodied Nuggets Past Blazers

Jokic Leads Bloodied Nuggets Past Blazers

Led by a 40-point outburst from Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets snapped the Blazers’ four-game winning streak on Sunday. The Trail Blazers four-game winning streak came to end in a 116-113 loss to the Nuggets. Jusuf Nurkic struggled with foul trouble throughout the night, while Nikola Jokic finished with 40 points. Tonight’s contest featured several lead changes and a tightly contested fourth quarter. Both teams scrambled for loose balls, and point guard Jamal Murray played with a Nurkic-caused bloody lip for the majority of the game. In the end, a combined 44-point performance from Damian...
Blazer's Edge Jan 13, 2019
Recap: Blazers Lose Close One To Nuggets, 116-113

Recap: Blazers Lose Close One To Nuggets, 116-113

Nikola Jokic outplayed Jusuf Nurkic as the Nuggets held off the Blazers Sunday night. The Portland Trail Blazers showed up and competed but fell just short of pulling off the upset against the Denver Nuggets, falling 116-113 on the road in a thrilling back-and-forth contest. Clutch buckets from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the final minute gave the Blazers a fighting chance to steal what would have been a meaningful victory against the current Western Conference leader, but a key offensive rebound by Jamal Murray in the waning seconds allowed Denver to survive. Lillard’s...
Blazer's Edge Jan 13, 2019
Nurkic’s Revival the Result of a Mindset Shift

Nurkic’s Revival the Result of a Mindset Shift

Jason Quick of The Athletic chronicles what led to the big man’s torrid run over the last few weeks. Jusuf Nurkic is currently enjoying the most successful run of his still-young NBA career, and the Portland Trail Blazers are reaping the benefits—surging to third place in the Western Conference. According to a recent article from Jason Quick of The Athletic, a shift in Nurkic’s mindset keyed the hot stretch, bringing Nurkic Fever back to Rip City. The change was the result of a back-to-basics approach, as reported by Quick: “I don’t know how to put it, but it’s the decisions...
Blazer's Edge Jan 12, 2019
Trail Blazers Mid-Season Center Review: Jusuf Nurkic is Darn Good

Trail Blazers Mid-Season Center Review: Jusuf Nurkic is Darn Good

The Bosnian Beast has been on a serious upswing and the Blazers are better for it. The Portland Trail Blazers crossed the halfway mark of the 2018-19 regular season this week. Their 26-17 record puts them fourth in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. It’s also four games better than they stood at the same time last season. Before the Blazers head into the second half, we’re going to recap how their players have fared so far. Up now, the shining bright spot of the season: center Jusuf Nurkic. Nurkic has turned in a dream season so far. This has less to do with production spikes...
Rip City Project Jan 12, 2019

Portland Trail Blazers: New year, new Jusuf Nurkic

In a recent article from The Athletic, writer Jason Quick talked to Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic about his stellar play over the last several games. Over the Portland Trail Blazers recent stretch of successes, there’s no denying that Jusuf Nurkic has been at the center of it. Since the new year, the club […] Portland Trail Blazers: New year, new Jusuf Nurkic - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Blazer's Edge Jan 12, 2019
Trail Blazers Swat Hornets in Easy Win

Trail Blazers Swat Hornets in Easy Win

Portland dominated Charlotte in all facets of the game in a 127-96 victory. The Portland Trail Blazers cruised to their fourth straight win on Friday night, obliterating the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 127-96, claiming a season-high 15 blocks in a wire-to-wire victory. CJ McCollum led the team with 30 points, while Kemba Walker paced the Hornets with 18 points of his own. Jusuf Nurkic flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists and six blocks on the night. After a pair of less-than-convincing wins against inferior opponents to begin the week,...
Blazer's Edge Jan 11, 2019
Zach Lowe Loves Everything About Jusuf Nurkic Right Now

Zach Lowe Loves Everything About Jusuf Nurkic Right Now

Christmas may have passed, but the Bosnian Beast made a significant nice list this week. Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is showing incredible growth this season while working well with teammate Damian Lillard. In his weekly column, “10 Things I Like and Don’t Like About the NBA”, Zach Lowe of ESPN outlines how Nurkic functions well in the pick-and-roll, has become a more confident passer, and is finally finishing around the rim. Lowe begins his analysis by declaring, “It’s possible Nurkic has been Portland’s second-best player this season.” He...

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