Blazers bellyache about refs after Game 3 loss, but need to find a way to keep Jusuf Nurkic on court longer

The Trail Blazers were bellyaching about the officials after a Game 3 loss to Denver on Thursday, and their claim of preference being given to the Nuggets is overshadowing what should be their bigger concern: How long can Jusuf Nurkic stay on the court?

The Blazers’ big man fouled out for the second consecutive game Thursday, and even though Austin Rivers’ clutch 3-pointers and Nikola Jokic’s brilliance will get the headlines, it was Nurkic’s absence that really hurt the Blazers during the 120-115 defeat in Game 3.

The Blazers were up as many as nine early in Game 3, but when Nurkic went to the bench with 5:03 left in the first quarter and was replaced by


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