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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 (knee) said he will play against the Grizzlies in Game 1 on Sunday.
He only had a knee bruise and he only needed to miss one game. Batum was logging minutes around 40 to close the season and he could be in that neighborhood in this series. Batum's numbers were awful against the Grizzlies in four games this season, averaging 6.5 points 4.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 treys on 32.4 percent from the field. Apr 17 - 4:14 PM

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Nicolas Batum will not play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday due to a bruised right knee.

An MRI confirmed the initial diagnosis and the only good news for Blazers fans is that he didn't suffer any structural damage. Batum will likely be questionable for the start of the playoffs -- if he can't suit up, Portland will be forced to rely on Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe for SF production.
Apr 14 - 7:06 PM

Nicolas Batum (knee) will undergo an MRI on his injured right knee on Tuesday.

X-rays on Batum's knee came back negative, so the Blazers will hope that further testing on Tuesday comes back negative as well. It would be a surprise to see Batum play against the Mavericks in Wednesday's regular season finale, so fantasy owners in search of one last push will want to look towards Allen Crabbe and Alonzo Gee if Batums sits.
Apr 14 - 10:43 AM

Nicolas Batum (knee) said he doesn't think he'll play in the regular season finale.

This is not a surprise whatsoever and hopefully he'll be ready to go in Game 1 of the playoffs. While Batum is out on Wednesday, it'll be Allen Crabbe getting the start while Alonzo Gee should play more too.
Apr 13 - 10:47 PM

Nicolas Batum suffered a right knee injury and will not return to Monday's game.

He needed assistance to get to the locker room and it did not look good. Batum's knee twisted slightly and he'll likely be reevaluated on Tuesday. He also needed a PRP injection on his right knee earlier this season. If he's out Allen Crabbe would likely start and would get noteworthy minutes. The Blazers could really use some good news.
Apr 13 - 8:58 PM

Nicolas Batum lacked confidence against the Jazz on Saturday, shooting just 1-of-10 from the field and missing all six of his 3-pointers.

Here we go again. Batum was hesitant for most of the game and this is not what the Blazers want to see heading into the playoffs. To his credit, Batum did have six boards, eight assists, three steals and a block, but he is going to have to find his shooting touch if the Blazers want to make some noise in the playoffs, especially without Wesley Matthews (Achilles) and possibly Arron Afflalo (shoulder).
Apr 12 - 1:39 AM

Nicolas Batum played 41 minutes in a loss to the Warriors on Thursday with seven points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

He is really going to have to play massive minutes right now. Dorell Wright (hand) is out for the regular season and Arron Afflalo (shoulder) may also be out for a long time. Batum should put up huge numbers the rest of the way and should look as busy as he was in the 2013-14 season. He traveled more miles on a basketball court during NBA games than any player last season.
Apr 10 - 1:16 AM

Nicolas Batum started and hit 4-of-7 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals in Wednesday's win.

He got Monday off in order to rest and the Blazers are guaranteed at least the No. 4 seed after clinching their division. It's possible the big names get more rest prior to the end of the season, so watch the news feed for daily updates. Robin Lopez had 18 points and six boards, Damian Lillard hit 4-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points and six dimes, and Arron Afflalo was quiet with just four points on 1-of-7 shooting tonight.
Apr 9 - 1:13 AM

Nicolas Batum is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game vs. the Timberwolves.

Batum was given the day off on Monday as a prescribed rest day, but he'll likely be back in the rotation on Wednesday. His return to action would send C.J. McCollum back to the bench, while Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe could fall out of the rotation entirely.

Nicolas Batum (rest, back) will not travel for Monday's game vs. the Nets.

Batum's wrist has been an issue for most of the season and his back has also flared up, so it's a smart move to get him some much needed rest in order for him to be rejuvenated for the playoffs. C.J. McCollum will likely see the biggest boost in value for Portland, while Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe could see an uptick in minutes as well. This is Portland we are talking about, so anything is possible.

Nicolas Batum hit 7-of-11 shots and five 3-pointers for 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals in Wednesday's loss to the Clippers.

Batum is heating up again, scoring 21, 16 and 15 points in his last three games after scoring just five points on March 27. Batum is averaging 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting over his last four games. His lack of scoring has been a concern at times, but he's rolling right now, and the fact he hasn't blocked a shot in his last four games is meaningless, given everything else he's doing.
Apr 2 - 2:00 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Damian Lillard
2Steve Blake
3Tim Frazier
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