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Jusuf Nurkic Says Grandmother Passed Away From COVID-19

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Hours before playing against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic announced his grandmother, Hana, had passed away due to COVID-19. She was 67 years old.

Nurkic announced in July that his grandmother had contracted the virus and was in a coma in their native Bosnia, according to

"I think people don't realize the (pandemic) is real out there," Nurkic said at the time. "We've been fortunate to be here in a safe environment, we're tested every day, but please take care of yourself, wear a damn mask if you need to wear it."

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Nurkic scored 22 points with 21 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals during Portland's 126-122 win. The Blazers advance to the first round of the playoffs, where they will face the Los Angeles Lakers.