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Nicolas Batum | Guard/Forward

Team: Portland Trail Blazers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 220
College: France
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Nicolas Batum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.
The Blazers pulled to within a half-game of the No. 4 Rockets, but they need to finish higher because Houston has the tiebreaker. Damian Lillard went for 16 and six with four treys, Robin Lopez had 12 and eight with a block, Wesley Matthews hit three triples and scored 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge went for 18 and 14 but didn't have any defensive stats. Apr 12 - 2:31 AM

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Nicolas Batum plans on wearing a splint on his left middle finger even when his injury has healed.

He suffered an avulsion fracture back in January and the Frenchman has worn a splint since. His shooting numbers were down to begin with, but they've come back to life shooting 48.3 percent from the field in his last five. Batum should be fine and will look to finish strong.
Apr 7 - 9:45 PM

Nicolas Batum shot just 3-of-9 to score six points vs. the Magic, while adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

The poor shooting was accompanied by a game-high six turnovers. Batum is sometimes unselfish to a fault, passing up good shots for riskier assist opportunities, and the Blazers surely wish he'd cracked double-digits with LaMarcus Aldridge once again unavailable on Tuesday. Batum will look to bounce back in Thursday's road game vs. the Hawks.
Mar 25 - 9:28 PM

Nicolas Batum will wear a protective splint on his fractured left middle finger for the rest of the season.

Batum said that his finger is almost completely healed and he was scheduled to permanently remove the splint next week, but instead he'll continue to wear it as a precaution. "I tried to practice [without the splint] but I kept second-guessing myself," Batum said. "I was focusing too hard on catching the ball right. It was messing with my mind so I figured I'll play with it the rest of the way." He has stepped up his game since LaMarcus Aldridge (back) went down and his finger hasn't limited him whatsoever in March.
Mar 22 - 1:35 PM

Nicolas Batum grabbed 14 boards against the Wizards on Thursday to go with 12 points, five assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

His rebounding has been tremendous with LaMarcus Aldridge (back) this season. In fact, when Aldridge is off the court, Batum has a defensive rebounding rate of 23.8 percent which is much better than his 16.3 percent with LMA. The Frenchman became the first Blazer since Clyde Drexler to have four straight games of at least nine rebounds and five assists. He's having a terrific finish to this season and is paying some serious dividends to his patient owners.
Mar 21 - 12:48 AM

Nico Batum hit 7-of-15 shots and just missed a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's OT win over the Bucks.

This was as ugly as NBA wins get, but Batum had a big fantasy night. It looked like it was going to be even bigger after he scored 16 in the first quarter, but he was pretty quiet after that. Batum has been a fantasy beast over the last few weeks and should continue along that path, especially with LaMarcus Aldridge still out with his back injury.
Mar 19 - 1:33 AM

Nicolas Batum missed a critical free throw on Sunday, but still tied a career-high with five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.

Batum snared a rebound and was fouled at the very end of regulation, putting him at the line with a chance to tie it at 113-113, but he wasn't able to convert the second freebie. Tonight's monster game on the glass isn't a fluke -- after averaging 5.7 rebounds in February, he's suddenly ripping down 13.3 per game in March.
Mar 16 - 11:51 PM

Nicolas Batum was everywhere during Friday's win over the Pelicans with 22 points, 18 boards, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He matched his career high with the 18 boards and Batum has turned it up this month. in his previous seven games, he averaged 12.1 points, 12.6 boards, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples. The loss of LaMarcus Aldridge (back) should increase the output from Batum and he'll be an absolute must-start player.
Mar 14 - 11:25 PM

Nicolas Batums scored 13 points with 14 boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

With LaMarcus Aldridge going down, Batum should see a little increase in his value. He had the best run of his career in the rebounding department while Aldridge was out with a hip injury last month, so Batum owners can expect a rise in production.
Mar 13 - 12:34 AM

Nicolas Batum did not wear a mask to protect his bruised nose on Sunday, and the injury didn't seem to bother him as he piled up eight points, 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.

Batum fractured his nose this summer and suffered a nasal contusion on Friday. He was fitted for a mask but he's very resistant to wearing it, and for now his preference has trumped the training staff's caution. His solid night was marred only by a lack of 3-pointers and a whopping seven turnovers, which proved costly as Portland fell by five points in overtime.
Mar 9 - 10:56 PM

Contrary to a previous report, Nicolas Batum did not break his nose during Friday's game.

Batum suffered a contusion on top of a pre-existing fracture from when he played with France this summer. He is adamant that he won't wear a protective mask and there doesn't seem to be any danger of him sitting out Sunday's game, so owners should keep him active unless something changes.
Mar 8 - 4:49 PM

Nicolas Batum broke his nose during Friday's game, contrary to initial reports, and he'll likely wear a mask vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

Batum told reporters that X-rays were negative but further tests revealed the break, which he played through after getting elbowed in the third quarter. We're considering Batum probable for Sunday's game but owners should watch for updates in the next 24 hours.
Mar 8 - 12:05 PM

X-rays were negative on Nicolas Batum's nose on Friday night.

He was hit badly in the nose and he's lucky he didn't get suffer a break. Batum finally cooled off tonight with a line of just nine points, five boards, five assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. He had at least 15 rebounds in each of his previous three, but his five tonight were his lowest since Feb. 11. Batum should have a few more in what should be a fast-paced game against the Rockets on Sunday night.
Mar 8 - 1:01 AM

Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.

Batum has been crazy good over his last three games, and very good over his last five, averaging 15.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, which is why you drafted him so early this year. It didn't look like it was going to pan out for the first couple months of the season, but Batum is clicking on all cylinders now. He's racked up 16, 15 and 18 boards in each of his last three games.
Mar 6 - 1:31 AM

Nicolas Batum scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in the Blazers' 107-106 loss to the Lakers on Monday.

Batum grabbed a career-high 16 boards in the last game and it's possible the Blazers have sent him to the glass knowing that LaMarcus Aldridge (21 points, six boards, two steals) isn't at full strength. The recent surge by Batum has had him playing at a top 25-35 level over the last two weeks.
Mar 4 - 12:58 AM