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Nurkic’s Odd Fit In A Small-Ball NBA

Nurkic’s Odd Fit In A Small-Ball NBA

The Ringer’s Danny Chau evaluated the hurdles in front of Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic. Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is off to a bumpy start to the 2018-19 season. The big fella has produced solid numbers in Portland’s three games, but his fit on the defensive end is still a work in progress. In Tuesday’s overtime loss to the Wizards, Nurkic was put to the test on the perimeter. The results were far from ideal. Washington forward Markieff Morris torched the Blazers by going 6-10 from beyond the arc. Nurkic’s place in the modern NBA is far from settled. Several teams are...
Blazer's Edge Oct 19, 2018
McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

McCollum Praises Collins’ ‘Fearless’ Defensive Effort

NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson spoke with CJ McCollum about Zach Collins after the Blazers’ opening victory. Nik Stauskas might have stolen the show in the Trail Blazers victory over the Lakers, but Zach Collins’ solid defensive play wasn’t lost on his teammates. The second-year big man recorded six blocks, and closed out the game as starting center Jusuf Nurkic watched from the bench. After the game CJ McCollum gushed about Collins’ superb night to NBC Sports Northwest’s Jamie Hudson. “Zach was great. He protected the basket. He was fearless. He’s that guy at the rim...
ClutchPoints Oct 18, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic likens Western Conference to ‘Game of Thrones’

Jusuf Nurkic likens Western Conference to ‘Game of Thrones’

Jusuf Nurkic knows as well as anyone that the Western Conference is as deep as it’s ever been. The Portland Trail Blazers were swept in the first round of the playoffs last year after securing the three seed. That’s bad news for Portland fans because the West is even better this year. The Bosnian big […] The post Jusuf Nurkic likens Western Conference to ‘Game of Thrones’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Oct 18, 2018
The Blazers Need to Balance Minutes for their Big Three

The Blazers Need to Balance Minutes for their Big Three

Portland’s big stars have played big minutes in previous seasons. Might this be the year they even out? Welcome to the 2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers season preview at Blazer’s Edge! We’re going to have several pieces today taking a look at the upcoming year, including some from authors you’re less familiar with. This one is written by staffer Kody Tarbell. Enjoy! When the Portland Trail Blazers begin their 2018-19 season against the Los Angeles Lakers, three names will take center stage: Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic. During the off-season, analysts have the luxury...
ClutchPoints Oct 18, 2018
Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic declares ‘Nurk Fever is back’

Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic declares ‘Nurk Fever is back’

Jusuf Nurkic is entering his second full season with the Portland Trail Blazers and the imposing 7-footer’s excitement is approaching a fever pitch. After Portland traded for the big man in 2017, he went from languishing on Denver’s bench, struggling to garner top minutes, to becoming an integral part of the Blazers’ team dynamic. “Nurk […] The post Blazers C Jusuf Nurkic declares ‘Nurk Fever is back’ appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Oct 18, 2018
Post-Payday Nurkic To Continue Growth With Blazers

Post-Payday Nurkic To Continue Growth With Blazers

Portland has positioned Jusuf Nurkic to thrive after his contract extension. Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic will play his first game under his new four-year, $48 million contract against the Lakers on Thursday. Nurkic earned that deal with hard work, defensive acumen, and continued work through a turbulent 2017-18 campaign. Even after a strong start to his tenure in Portland, questions still linger from his disgruntled days in Denver. From attitude to injuries, the big fella left plenty of skeletons in the closet from his time with the Nuggets. Simply put, should the Blazers be...
Blazer's Edge Oct 17, 2018
Blazers’ Starting Five Ranked No. 13 in the NBA

Blazers’ Starting Five Ranked No. 13 in the NBA

Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report ranks all 30 starting fives around the league. The Portland Trail Blazers’ starting lineup of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic was ranked No. 13 in the NBA, according to Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report’s metrics rankings. The group posted a 6.5 net rating in 456 minutes together: But it may be the lesser names who elevate the team’s ceiling and push this group into the top 10. That could happen if Jusuf Nurkic develops consistency on the offensive end or Al-Farouq Aminu proves he’s developed his shooting...
Blazer's Edge Oct 13, 2018
Nurkic Threes Could Be a Key to Portland’s New Offense

Nurkic Threes Could Be a Key to Portland’s New Offense

Need an easy evolution to open up Portland’s offense? Their center taking one more step out on his jumpers might do it. During preseason, 2018, the Portland Trail Blazers have been consistent in their praise of three-pointers and their determination to generate more long opportunities for shooters. In 2018-19, “shooter” will cover nearly every player on the floor with decent aim, up to and including 7-foot center Jusuf Nurkic. “I worked on stretching my game out. Knocking down threes. Making it harder for defenses to guard me.” is the basic trope we hear from NBA big men about...
Blazer's Edge Oct 11, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic Aims For All-Defensive First Team

Jusuf Nurkic Aims For All-Defensive First Team

Jusuf Nurkic is aiming to parlay his role as Portland’s defensive anchor into postseason recognition, he told digital reporter Casey Holdahl. Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic is hoping his strong defensive play will secure him a place on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team. Nurkic has made waves by adding a three-point shot to his arsenal this preseason, but the big fella is hoping that his work on the defensive end will get him recognized. Nurkic explained his goals to Trail Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl. “I want to be first-team defense because I think people overlook a lot...
Blazer's Edge Oct 10, 2018
Evaluating 3 Trends Preseason 2018

Evaluating 3 Trends Preseason 2018

The Blazers have shown plenty of wrinkles during the exhibition schedule. How deep are they, and will they last? The Portland Trail Blazers are marching their way through their preseason schedule in fine form. Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic are garnering praise. Portland is trying out new schemes on offense and defense. For a roster that didn’t make major changes over the summer, observations are getting downright optimistic. How much of that will last into the regular season schedule and how much is preseason hype? Today we evaluate a trio of trends, digging beneath the...
Blazer's Edge Oct 9, 2018
Eggers: Blazers Big 3 in Fine Form

Eggers: Blazers Big 3 in Fine Form

Portland’s star players have looked good so far in preseason play. The Portland Trail Blazers preseason schedule is progressing nicely as stars Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic prove that they’re ready to start the regular season in style. Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune wrote extensively about the Big 3 and their early progress. Eggers quotes Head Coach Terry Stotts lavishing praise on his main trio: “All three of those guys played well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Damian played with a good pace, had good looks and was very efficient with his offense....
Blazer's Edge Oct 9, 2018
Meyers Leonard Ready to Take on Season

Meyers Leonard Ready to Take on Season

Mike Toikito of Forbes.com chronicles the center’s hopes and struggles in Portland. In his seventh season with the Portland Trail Blazers, center Meyers Leonard sees an opening and is ready to take advantage of it. The report of Leonard’s renewed resolve comes from Mike Tokito, writing for Forbes.com. He traces the center’s history with the Blazers, then tabs what could be new as Portland tackles their 2018-19 regular season schedule. Tokito recounts how Leonard fell in the rotation last season: With Jusuf Nurkic established as the starting center, Leonard’s best chance at playing...
ClutchPoints Oct 9, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic believes he can be an All-Star

Jusuf Nurkic believes he can be an All-Star

Jusuf Nurkic is coming from what he calls his “greatest summer ever” in terms of work. The Portland Trail Blazers center has been between playing with the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team and doing some training on his own, having had no more than 10 days off during an arduous summer. Nurk has added a […] The post Jusuf Nurkic believes he can be an All-Star appeared first on ClutchPoints.
Blazer's Edge Oct 9, 2018
Jusuf Nurkic Ready to Perform

Jusuf Nurkic Ready to Perform

Jason Quick of The Athletic describes the center’s mindset and the new wrinkles he’s added to his game. With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum performing at consistent levels over the last several seasons, many pundits expect the Blazers to fare as well as Jusuf Nurkic does. If he struggles, so will the team. If he reaches the next level, again, so will the Blazers. Jason Quick of The Athletic spoke with Nurkic and offered some insight into where he’s at mentally, how he approached his summer, and yes, that 3-point shot: In what has become one of the more distinguishable reveals of the...
Rip City Project Oct 8, 2018

Portland Trail Blazers: Can Jusuf Nurkic be a three-point threat this year?

Portland Trail Blazers big man Jusuf Nurkic has shown off a sweet stroke from beyond the arc this preseason. How realistic is it that the Bosnian Beast keeps this going in the regular season? Man, oh man. Jusuf Nurkic is hitting threes this preseason. His stroke looks buttery and his release is quick. Can the […] Portland Trail Blazers: Can Jusuf Nurkic be a three-point threat this year? - Rip City Project - Rip City Project - A Portland Trailblazers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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