Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 4 Hrs
Batum continued to struggle Sunday against the Kings, posting just two points (1-6 FG, 0-4 3Pt) to go with four rebounds, five assists, and one steal in 31 minutes of action.
Batum is averaging 9.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers made this season, and it's becoming clear his effectiveness in fantasy has fallen this season. He's still worth owning in standard leagues, but he certainly shouldn't be considered the game-changer he once was.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 4 Days
Batum finished with 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one blocked shot in 36 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Spurs.
Batum has now posted two strong games in a row, going a combined 13-for-21 from the field and 6-for-12 from the three-point line for 32 points, while also adding 14 rebounds, 14 assists, two steals and two blocks. It's believed he's still dealing with some soreness to his wrist, so it's good to see the increased production despite such reports. We'll see if he can continue trending in the right direction, while he's already offering a diverse amount of fantasy categories.
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Batum logged 34 minutes on the court during Friday's game against the Jazz. He finished with eight points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block.Batum continues to deal with a lingering injury to his right wrist that stems from a torn ligament back on Dec. 17. It's unlikely that he's 100 percent, although he can be valued for his all-around production despite the fact that he's averaging almost four less points per game than last season.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 11 Days
Batum practiced sans a brace and tape on his right wrist Wednesday, The Columbian reports.Batum tore a ligament in the wrist on Dec. 17, and continued aggravation of the injury has forced the wing to wear a brace since the last week of January. Until he cobbles together a few crisp shooting performances, though, it's unclear if his woes in that department will be a thing of the past.
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Batum supplied seven points (2-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, and six assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's domination of the Lakers.Batum has failed to surpass 50 percent shooting in each of his past nine appearances, settling at 28 percent (20-for-71) from the floor. While his shooting stroke continues to suffer due to an ailing right wrist, he's compensated with contributions elsewhere, including at least four dimes on eight separate occasions during that stretch. As the All-Star break commences, he told The Columbian, "I don't think I will work on it. I just want to relax. Put my wrist on the side and rest it. And it should be okay."
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 24 Days
Batum led the Blazers with 20 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-6 FT) and seven assists during Thursday's victory against the Suns.
Batum has seemingly been reborn with Robin Lopez in the lineup the last two contests. Working in tandem with his favored pick-and-roll partner, Batum has averaged 15 points, 6.5 assists, six rebounds, 1.5 three-pointers, one steal, and one block in 36 minutes during that stretch. Such a line coincides with his output from a season ago -- 13.0 points, 7.5 boards, 5.1 assists, 1.8 treys, 0.9 steals, and 0.7 blocks -- on a similar workload. Until he strings together an extended period devoid of shooting woes, Batum is an unreliable scoring option, but production elsewhere remains a staple of his game.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 29 Days
Batum (wrist) accrued five points (2-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt), seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 37 minutes during Saturday's loss in Milwaukee.
After missing two games due to a lingering wrist issue, Batum has now logged at least 32 minutes in three consecutive contests. However, his shooting woes continue, as he surpassed 40 percent from the field just three times in 14 appearances in January. Finishing the month hitting at merely a 35 percent clip can be attributed to the torn ligament in his right wrist, which has resulted in his worst offensive season since his rookie year in 2008-09. Fortunately, his contributions elsewhere have kept Batum afloat in the fantasy waters.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 30 Days
Batum (wrist) is probable for Saturday's game in Milwaukee.
He has played 32-plus minutes in each of his last two games, but with Saturday representing the second night of a back-to-back, it's worth double-checking Batum's status prior to tip-off.
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Batum (wrist) posted seven points, four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and one block in 39 minutes against the Cavaliers on Wednesday.
Batum missed two games with a wrist injury but seems to be in the clear moving forward according to Joe Freeman of the Oregonian. His next opportunity to take the court will come against the Hawks on Friday.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 Month
Batum (wrist) will play in Wednesday's game, Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
He has missed the past two games with a wrist injury, but with it looking like LeBron James will be held out of Wednesday's game, it could be an ideal matchup for Batum and the Blazers. Deploy Batum as usual in full-season leagues.