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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 battled through his wrist injury on Friday against the Hawks, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.
He left the game in the first quarter due to pain in his wrist. Batum was able to return to the game, but it was obvious he's not at 100 percent. His fantasy owners are just going to have to hang in there and the Blazers might want to sit him down. Jan 30 - 9:52 PM

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Updating a previous report, Nicolas Batum (wrist) is officially being listed as probable for Friday's game against the Hawks.

Batum said earlier that he plans to play, and all signs are pointing towards him giving it a go. Owners can plan on having Batum available, but should note the difficult matchup against the Hawks.
Jan 30 - 1:43 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) said that he will play Friday vs. the Hawks.

Batum is going to have a very difficult matchup against DeMarre Carroll of the Hawks today, and with the way he's been struggling as of late, Batum doesn't look like a great play in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 12:11 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is not being listed on the Trail Blazers' injury report.

While this isn't a definitive statement that Batum will suit up for Friday's game against the Hawks, it is an encouraging sign. We'll continue to monitor his status closely, but it should be noted that Batum has an unfavorable matchup today against the Hawks, so he's not looking like a great option in daily leagues.
Jan 30 - 11:26 AM

Nicolas Batum's (wrist) status for Friday's game against the Hawks is unknown at this point.

Batum is likely headed for another game-time decision, but owners can expect another update on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. If Batum is forced to sit, there will be more touches on offense for Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Jan 29 - 5:18 PM

Nicolas Batum played through his wrist injury on Wednesday and had seven points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer on 3-of-8 shooting.

The line wasn't spectacular, but he was effective, and his owners should just be thankful that his injury doesn't appear to be serious enough to keep him out long term. He missed the last two Blazers games before returning tonight.
Jan 28 - 10:28 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) will start vs. the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Batum has a torn ligament on the outside of his wrist but he said recently that he's nearly pain-free, and it sounds like he'll join LaMarcus Aldridge in the play-through-it camp. Batum's scoring has vanished in recent weeks, due in large part to the injury, but he's still returning steady value thanks to across-the-board contributions.
Jan 28 - 6:12 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is a game-time decision to face the Cavs on Wednesday.

Both starting small forwards are game-time decisions with LeBron James also dealing with a wrist issue. Batum was questionable to play on Monday in what turned out to be a postponed game, so maybe he can play. If not, there are going to be too many guys to step up in his place. It's best to avoid this situation from a pickup standpoint.
Jan 28 - 5:33 PM

Nicolas Batum did some shooting during Tuesday's practice, and said that his wrist has improved to the point that he's mostly pain-free.

Batum remains questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs, but it appears that he is going to try and give it a go. Owners will need to check back closer to Wednesday's tip-off for an official update, but if he's ruled out, look for Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to pick up the slack.

Nicolas Batum said his wrist is feeling better, but he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Batum perhaps could use some rest as he's been shooting a career-low 38.8 percent from the field this season while dealing with a torn ligament on the outside of his right (shooting) wrist, but he's also a guy known to fight through injuries. However, if he's forced to sit, look for Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to get some more opportunities on offense.

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Brooklyn

Batum recently admitted that he's dealing with a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist, and his shot has been off all season (currently a career-low 38.8 percent from the field), so perhaps some rest could be a good thing for him. We'll be monitoring this situation closely, so check back for another update closer to Monday's tip. If Batum is forced to sit, expect Wesley Matthews, Damian Lillard, and LaMarcus Aldridge to get some more shots.
Jan 25 - 5:28 PM

Nicolas Batum admitted on Saturday that he suffered a torn ligament on the outside of his right wrist on Dec. 17.

It was obvious something was structurally wrong with Batum and now we know what it is. He's aggravated it probably more times than we care to count and the Blazers may still be weighing his treatment options. At this point, he's likely going to miss a week or two. There really isn't a great pickup to make with Batum out.
Jan 25 - 12:51 AM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) won't play against the Wizards on Saturday.

He almost had no chance to play tonight due to his nagging wrist injury. It's interesting that LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) is playing tonight and maybe Batum's status was a factor in his decision. The Blazers will use about five different guys to fill the void left by Batum, so there's little reason to make a pickup in most leagues.
Jan 24 - 8:20 PM

Nicolas Batum (wrist) is doubtful to play against the Wizards on Saturday.

There is still no word of Batum getting an MRI, but it would appear he's going to miss multiple games. He's been dealing with wrist soreness for over a month and he's been fairly open about how it's having an adverse effect on his shooting. The Blazers will have to use a combination of Dorell Wright, Victor Claver, and Allen Crabbe to play the three. However, Wes Matthews will certainly slide over to small forward, which could also get C.J. McCollum and Steve Blake some minutes. Also, the Blazers will have more minutes available for Meyers Leonard and Thomas Robinson. Yeah, this rotation is a mess. We know.
Jan 23 - 4:55 PM

Nicolas Batum was wearing a large brace on his right wrist following Thursday's game against the Celtics.

He could not play through the pain this time after aggravating an old injury. Batum has dealt with a right wrist injury for over the past month and he also dealt with it last season. He said he can't use his wrist right now and he's unsure how much time he's going to miss. In other words, it sounds like he's not going to play on Saturday. Expect to see more of C.J. McCollum, Steve Blake, Dorell Wright, Thomas Robinson, Will Barton and Victor Claver to get more minutes in what will appear to be a random selection from coach Terry Stotts.
Jan 23 - 1:05 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
SG1Wesley Matthews
2C.J. McCollum
3Will Barton
4Allen Crabbe
SF1Nicolas Batum
2Dorell Wright
3Victor Claver
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
2Thomas Robinson
C1Robin Lopez
2Chris Kaman
3Meyers Leonard
4Joel Freeland