Blazers Nurkic out for rest of regular season

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A driving force behind the Portland Trail Blazers’ late-season surge will be sidelined for at least the rest of the regular season.

Center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a broken bone in his right leg late in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s win over Houston. An MRI on Thursday revealed a “non-displaced fibular fracture,” according to the Trail Blazers.

Nurkic will be out at least two weeks, at which point he’ll be re-evaluated.

In 20 games since joining Portland, Nurkic is averaging 15.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.2 minutes per game.

Since acquiring Nurkic, the Blazers are 14-6 and have won eight of their last nine games.

Portland (37-38) has a two-game lead over Denver for the final Western Conference playoff seed with seven games remaining.