Jan. 19 (UPI)– Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic went through surgery on his fractured right wrist and will miss out on a minimum of 6 weeks, the team revealed.

Dr. Steven Shin performed the procedure Tuesday at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, according to the team. Nurkic will wear a splint for four weeks and be reviewed in 6 weeks.


Nurkic was injured throughout Thursday’s 111-87 loss to the checking out Indiana Pacers. He was seen holding his wrist after swiping at the ball in the 3rd quarter, and he fell to the flooring after contact under the Pacers’ basket.

Throughout a timeout, Nurkic went to the locker space and didn’t return.

Nurkic has actually averaged 9.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 12 video games this season. He has balanced 11.7 points and 8 rebounds in his career.

The 7-foot Bosnian center missed out on most of the first half of last season after suffering a broken left leg in March 2019. He returned to the group to play in the NBA’s bubble near Orlando, Fla., after the season was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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