Player News - Trail Blazers

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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.

Joel Freeland (shoulder) will not suit up for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs, as expected.

Freeland has been sidelined since Jan. 3, and he isn't even targeting a return until mid-February. With season averages of 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, Freeland can safely remain on the waiver wire in most leagues.
Jan 27 - 2:37 PM

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.

The Blazers vs. Nets game scheduled for Monday has been postponed due to inclement weather.

With the impending blizzard impacting the New York and surrounding areas, the league is making this call early, and the affair will be rescheduled for April 6. The Kings-Nets game has been postponed, as well. Those in daily formats will want to avoid deploying players from any of those four teams.
Jan 26 - 11:16 AM

There is a chance that if LaMarcus Aldridge delays his thumb surgery, he could miss the beginning of training camp next season.

While Aldridge is not risking any further injury by playing with a torn radial collateral ligament in his left (non-shooting) thumb, a specialist in the field stated that delaying surgery could cause his recovery time to take twice as long (up to three to four months). However, Aldridge has said he plans to play through the pain, so this will just be something to monitor heading into next season.
Jan 25 - 7:11 PM

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

LaMarcus Aldridge looked fantastic in his shocking return to the lineup on Saturday during a 103-96 victory over the Wizards, making 9-of-22 from the field for 26 points with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

He wore a brace on his thumb and didn't seem to be too bothered with his injury. Aldridge was hit on his bad hand a few times and was not in visible pain. Additionally he had some interesting comments today. Before the game, Aldridge said that he is going to try to play through the injury, but he did leave the door open of him changing his mind. Following the game, he said the Blazers losing two games in a row before tonight factored into his decision. Aldridge also said "of course" when he was asked about his thumb hurting. He didn't mention Nicolas Batum (wrist) directly, but reading between the lines suggests that was a factor, too. Aldridge is going to be a volatile fantasy property, but he's a must start player while he's active.
Jan 25 - 1:18 AM

Wesley Matthews extended his league lead for made 3-pointers with five more on Saturday, scoring a total of 19 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and no turnovers.

He is going to play more minutes at small forward, which is fine. Matthews has 10 starts at small forward in his career and he's been shuffled in at small forward even when the Blazers are at full strength. Whatever his role, Iron Man has a chance to lead the NBA in treys this season while launching tons of imaginary arrows.
Jan 25 - 1:13 AM

Chris Kaman played 25 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with six points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes.

He was questionable tonight with a leg contusion and a thumb issue. Kaman will see minutes in the mid-20s until Robin Lopez (hand) returns next month. He'll be a low-end option in standard leagues.
Jan 25 - 1:01 AM

Thomas Robinson moved back to the bench on Saturday against the Wizards with two points and four boards.

With LaMarcus Aldridge back, Robinson's playing time is going to be sporadic. He does have some nice impact on the offensive glass, but there's no need to grab him in almost any fantasy league while LMA is on the active list.
Jan 25 - 1:00 AM

Dorell Wright scored 10 points with six rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

After basically three halves of no Nicolas Batum (wrist), Wright looks like the best player to grab in fantasy leagues. That said, we have to caution you that he is going to be shuffled in and out of the lineup, so he's not really a reliable asset in even 16-team leagues right now. Maybe coach Terry Stotts trusts him eventually.
Jan 25 - 12:57 AM

Will Barton started the second half of Saturday's game, finishing with four points, four boards, two assists, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes.

It's going to be a handful of guys stepping up with Nicolas Batum (wrist) out. Barton will be one of them, but his role is not going to be consistent enough to grab him in almost any league.
Jan 25 - 12:55 AM

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

Allen Crabbe will start in place of Nicolas Batum (wrist) on Saturday.

The Wheel of Stotts goes round and round for his starter and tonight it landed on Crabbe. He's one of about eight players who will pick up Batum's minutes, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues.
Jan 24 - 9:54 PM

Chris Kaman (leg) will play against the Wizards on Saturday.

He has a sleeve on his leg and also is now dealing with a thumb injury. Kaman played 29 minutes on Thursday, which was probably too much. He'll likely be closer to 20 tonight, but he's still worth a look in standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 8:25 PM


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