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Jusuf Nurkic Shattered The Nuggets' Playoff Hopes And Roasted Them Afterwards

Jusuf Nurkic Shattered The Nuggets' Playoff Hopes And Roasted Them Afterwards
Published On: Wed, Mar 29
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Malik Beasley (Florida State) walks to the stage after being selected as the number nineteen overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Nuggets flipped him to Portland for one of the Plumlee twins, Bosnian big man Jusuf Nurkic was averaging 17 disgruntled minutes and eight points a game. Since the trade, hes started almost all of Portlands games and has nearly doubled his stats across the board as the Blazers have steadily drawn closer to the Nuggets for the eight seed in the West. The two teams met tonight and Nurkic showed Denver what he thought of them, going off for a career-high 33 points along with 16 boards, three blocks, and two assists in Portlands 122-113 victory.

Nurk did all of his work inside, taking each one of his 15 shots inside of the restricted area. Denver did not appear to have anyone who could handle him, and even much-lauded former teammate Nikola Jokic stood no chance of stopping Nurkic. He was simply too large and energetic.

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