Jusuf Nurkić's right knee injury 'not serious' says Terry Stotts

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Jusuf Nurkić's right knee injury 'not serious' says Terry Stotts originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

The Trail Blazers announced Monday afternoon that starting center Jusuf Nurkić will miss Tuesday's game in Los Angeles due to right knee inflammation.

Prior to the game, Terry Stotts gave an update on the injury.

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"It wasn't a specific injury," explained Stotts. "He played in the back-to-back. It started to bother him on Sunday, he had a little inflammation, a little swelling. 

"It wasn't a specific thing that happened. He just ended up having a little swelling."

Stotts added he hopes it's a short term thing when asked: "He's with us on the trip. He's getting treatment on it, resting it. So, we'll see how it goes.

There's no timeline but as of now it's not serious.

Terry Stotts on Nurkić's right knee injury

Nurkić returned to the lineup after missing two months due to a fractured right wrist, that needed surgery to repair, and a calf strain. 

The knee inflammation is on the opposite leg he fractured in 2019 but it is the same leg that dealt with the calf strain earlier this season. That latter injury further delayed his return to the court after his wrist was medically cleared. 

Nurkić has been on a minutes restriction since returning to the Trail Blazers, having played between 18 and 21 minutes in all of his recent appearances. 

On the season, Nurkić is averaging 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. The Blazers are 4-1 in games the Bosnian Beast has played in since his return.

Enes Kanter is expected to start in his place on Tuesday night. Portland tips off against the Clippers at 7:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports NW, the official home of the Portland Trail Blazers.