Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 2 weeks ago

Batum intends to play for France during FIBA EuroBasket 2015 during the offseason, CSN Northwest reports.

Batum endured his toughest professional season in 2014-15, rife with seeming exhaustion on the court, an array of injury concerns, and a general deflation of output. With his plans known for participation in a FIBA-hosted event yet again -- last year, he took part in the FIBA World Cup after initially declining to play -- the Blazers are likely worried that extra game action will have a negative impact next season. In the past campaign, he suffered a right knee contusion on two occasions, a torn ligament in his right wrist, and lower back pain, yet he still took the court in 71 games. However, his averages -- 9.4 points (on 40 percent shooting), 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, and 1.1 steals in 34 minutes per contest -- took a hit across the board. As he enters the final year of his contract, a bounce back could very well be in offing due to the potential departures of LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews (Achilles) via free agency.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum scored 12 points (3-13 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 4-6 FT) with 13 rebounds, four assists and a steal in 42 minutes during Monday's Game 4 win over the Grizzlies.

He wasn't effective on the offensive end, but Batum still provided his usual well-rounded stat line to help the Blazers avoid a sweep. He may need to step up his game on Wednesday if the Blazers are going to stay alive, as the series shifts back to Memphis.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum (knee) posted 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in 38 minutes of action in the Blazers' Game 1 loss to the Grizzlies on Sunday.

Batum was dealing with a bruised knee, but it apparently didn't bother him too much. He went on to log 38 minutes and post a decent line in the process. In other words, expect him to be fine moving forward.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum (knee) is listed as probable for Sunday's playoff opener at Memphis.

On Monday, Batum sustained a bruised right knee after landing awkwardly on an attempted rebound, which eventually kept him sidelined in Wednesday's season finale. However, after practicing Friday, he'll resume his role as the Blazers' starter at the three.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum (knee) will play in Game 1 against the Grizzlies on Sunday, Casey Holdahl of reports.

Batum bruised his knee against the Thunder on Monday and was held out of the regular season finale Wednesday versus Dallas. There was some concern about his status heading into Game 1, but after practicing Friday it sounds like he'll be good to go Sunday night.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum was diagnosed with a right knee contusion and will not play in Wednesday's game at Dallas.

Of course, the fact that Batum is sitting out does not necessarily shed any light on how serious his injury is, as this is the season finale and the team likely wants him ready for the playoffs. Either way, he will offer no further value to owners in single-season leagues. Alonzo Gee and Allen Crabbe will see a ton of minutes on the wing Wednesday.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum is slated to undergo an MRI on his right knee Tuesday, The Oregonian reports.

Batum left Monday's game in Oklahoma City for good after coming down awkwardly on his right leg while competing with teammate Chris Kaman for a rebound. During the act, Batum's knee appeared to buckle, but an initial X-ray was returned negative. With one regular season contest remaining on the schedule Wednesday at Dallas, it wouldn't surprise if the wing was held out, as intimated by Batum on Monday. Nevertheless, expect clarification regarding his injury once the results of the MRI are known.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum (knee) doesn't believe he'll be playing in Wednesday's regular season finale against the Mavericks, broadcaster Casey Holdahl reports.

Batum prematurely exited Monday's game against the Thunder and is now just trying to rest up in preparation for Portland's impending playoff bid. That said, official word on his status for Wednesday won't likely be released until closer to tipoff.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 month ago

Batum (knee) will not return to Monday's game after suffering a knee injury, Jabari Young of Comcast reports.

Batum's leg appeared to buckle while battling for a rebound and he departed the game for further examination. While X-Rays came back negative, he'll undergo further tests, and the extent of the injury likely won't be known until Tuesday.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 2 months ago

Batum had a well-rounded game Thursday in a loss to the Warriors, scoring seven points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt) to go along with 10 rebounds, eight assists, one block and one steal in 41 minutes.

Batum has been finding ways to be productive outside of just scoring lately. He has two 10-rebound games in his past four outings, averages 4.8 assists per game so far in April and has a combined seven steals in his past five games.