Update: Nurkic produced 11 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 FT), 14 rebounds, five steals, four assists, and three blocks across a season-high 39 minutes in Wednesday's 107-99 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Analysis: The Nuggets were down to three rotational big men with Darrell Arthur (knee) and Joffrey Lauvergne (back) sitting out, paving the way for Nurkic and Nikola Jokic to see expanded workloads in the season finale. Nurkic's high usage came with a price though, as he shot poorly from the field for the second consecutive game and committed a season-high eight turnovers, the latter of which negated some of his excellent contributions across the stat sheet. Nonetheless, it was good to at least see Nurkic end the season with a sizable role, as he was sidelined for much of the first half following offseason knee surgery and then struggled to find a consistent spot in the rotation until around mid-March. It's unclear if the Nuggets view Nurkic as a vital part of their future following the emergence of rookie center Nikola Jokic this season, but Nurkic's final 12 games provide a glimpse of type of impact he can have if given an extended opportunity. Over that span, Nurkic averaged 11.9 points (on 47.5% shooting from the field), 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, two blocks, and 1.2 steals in 23.6 minutes.