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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: France
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Nicolas Batum scored 16 points with five rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Suns on Monday.
He scored 10 points on 6-of-8 from the field on Saturday, so Batum is finally back to putting up numbers after a rocky start on Friday following a back injury. Coach Terry Stotts doesn't sound like he's going to rest players, so Batum can be considered a must-start player going forward. Mar 31 - 2:04 AM

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Nicolas Batum scored five points with nine rebounds, five assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 32 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

It was his first game back from a two-game absence. Batum wasn't thoroughly involved with the scoring, but he did a fine job setting up LaMarcus Aldridge. Batum was rolling before his back injury, so expect him to pick it up on Saturday vs. the Nuggets.
Mar 28 - 2:31 AM

Nicolas Batum (back) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He missed the last two games and should be ready to play tonight. Batum reportedly looked good in warmups on Wednesday, but the team still held him out. Hopefully he doesn't aggravate his back injury and puts up a big line in what should be a high-scoring game. Dorell Wright can be dropped in most leagues while C.J. McCollum will also take a big hit.
Mar 27 - 2:41 PM

Nicolas Batum was actually listed as a starter at one point on Wednesday, and it then sounded like he would come off the bench for the Blazers as he deals with a sore back. However, he never got into the game.

We're not quite sure what happened here, but the Blazers were not comfortable playing him tonight. The fact he appeared to be a go should be viewed as good news though, and hopefully he'll be back on Friday against the Suns. Allen Crabbe got the surprise start, but Dorell Wright had 15 points, five boards and three 3-pointers, and looks like the safest option if Batum is going to miss more time.
Mar 26 - 2:23 AM

Nicolas Batum will come off the bench with Allen Crabbe starting in his place against the Jazz on Wednesday.

This sounds about right from coach Terry Stotts. Batum should still see a nice chunk of minutes tonight and should be in all lineups. Crabbe is not a fantasy option.
Mar 25 - 9:03 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He went through warmups and everything seems to be OK for Batum. There's no sign of him being limited, so his fantasy owners should have him locked and loaded tonight. Dorell Wright and Alonzo Gee are not attractive plays tonight.
Mar 25 - 8:54 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) may have a good chance to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

We're going based off team reporter Casey Holdahl saying he thinks Batum will give it a go. Batum may be limited and he's certainly going to be at risk for an aggravation, but owners of Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Alonzo Gee should dial down their expectations.
Mar 25 - 7:57 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) is on the court warming up to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He's shaping up to be a game-time decision tonight. If he can't go, it should be Alonzo Gee and Dorell Wright getting most of his minutes. Batum has played through a lot of injuries this season, so he has a chance to play. We should have another update shortly.
Mar 25 - 7:34 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Wednesday.

He missed Tuesday due to an injury from Saturday, but he was listed as doubtful for that game. The Blazers are hopeful Batum can play at some point on the upcoming road trip, which is just for today and Friday. If he's out, Alonzo Gee or Dorell Wright would likely start. Coach Terry Stotts started Gee on Tuesday with Wright at the four, but the matchup is a little different this time around against a big Utah front line. Wright is the more attractive play if you're feeling frisky. Batum owners will want to check back for an update.
Mar 25 - 3:12 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) didn't go through warmups and he's not listed as a starter for Tuesday's game vs. Golden State.

Batum didn't practice on Monday and he was listed as doubtful prior to being ruled out, so this shouldn't catch any owners by surprise. The extremely short-handed Blazers will rely on Alonzo Gee, Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Arron Afflalo to pick up extra playing time in Batum's absence, with Gee taking Batum's spot in the starting lineup.
Mar 24 - 10:28 PM

Nicolas Batum (back) did not practice on Monday and is doubtful to play on Tuesday.

One season after the Blazers were one of the healthiest teams in decades, they're dealing with some injuries right now. Batum does have a couple minor injuries to his back, but this isn't a trend for him. Still, he appears doubtful to play on Tuesday. With Batum out, C.J. McCollum and Dorell Wright will benefit on the wing and maybe Arron Afflalo can finally get it going.
Mar 23 - 3:41 PM

Nicolas Batum's (back) status for Tuesday's game in the Warriors is in doubt after leaving Saturday's game early.

Batum felt a shooting pain up his legs and back after landing "awkwardly" on his heels, and after the game he had a tough time standing up, so none of that sounds very good at all. With Batum unlikely to suit up, that would mean a larger role for Dorell Wright, who would likely start in Batum's place, with C.J. McCollum also playing extended minutes off the bench.
Mar 23 - 9:19 AM

Nicolas Batum (lower back pain) will not return to Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

He reportedly felt a pain shoot up his back after landing hard on his heels, so it's not quite clear what exactly he is dealing with. We will pass along further updates once we know more about the severity of the injury, but Batum should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors. If Batum can't play, Dorell Wright started the second half in place of him and would likely be the primary beneficiary, while guys like C.J. McCollum would have to step up as well.
Mar 21 - 9:44 PM

Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge did not start the second half against the Grizzlies.

It's all a guessing game right now. Maybe Batum tweaked his back and Aldridge was also in pain due to his thumb. We'll have an update up soon. To make this even weirder, this is the road game in a back-to-back set for the Blazers, so that's a possibility too.
Mar 21 - 9:21 PM

Nicolas Batum hit 3-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, four rebounds, six assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss to the Heat.

He came in hot and is averaging 10.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting over his last five. More scoring would be nice, but it's hard to argue with the rest of his numbers lately.
Mar 18 - 10:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
SG1Wesley Matthews
2Arron Afflalo
3C.J. McCollum
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Alonzo Gee
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland