Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 11 Hrs
X-rays were negative on Nicolas Batum's nose on Friday night.
He was hit badly in the nose and he's lucky he didn't get suffer a break. Batum finally cooled off tonight with a line of just nine points, five boards, five assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. He had at least 15 rebounds in each of his previous three, but his five tonight were his lowest since Feb. 11. Batum should have a few more in what should be a fast-paced game against the Rockets on Sunday night.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 2 Days
Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.
Batum has been crazy good over his last three games, and very good over his last five, averaging 15.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, which is why you drafted him so early this year. It didn't look like it was going to pan out for the first couple months of the season, but Batum is clicking on all cylinders now.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 4 Days
Nicolas Batum scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting (including two threes) with 15 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in the Blazers' 107-106 loss to the Blazers on Monday.
Batum grabbed a career-high 16 boards in the last game and it's possible the Blazers have sent him to the glass knowing that LaMarcus Aldridge (21 points, six boards, two steals) isn't at full strength. The recent surge by Batum has had him playing at a top 25-35 level over the last two weeks.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Days
Nicolas Batum grabbed a career-high 16 boards vs. the Nuggets during a 102-96 win to go with nine points, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.
He did make just 3-of-10 from the field, but Batum almost always seems to fill the stat sheet in his own unique way. LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the only small forwards with more assists while Batum also ranks in the top eight for total 3-pointers and rebounds for his position. He's a solid fantasy guy despite some quiet scoring this season.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 9 Days
Nicolas Batum had 19 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 6-of-12 shooting in 29 minutes of a blowout win over the Nets on Wednesday.
Batum's line would have looked a lot better had they not been playing the Washington Generals, who were playing in Nets' uniforms tonight. Batum sat out the fourth quarter in the 124-80 win and is getting more shots up with LaMarcus Aldridge out with a groin injury. It sounds like Aldridge could return on Saturday, but Batum remains a must-start player with or without LA in the lineup.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 12 Days
Nicolas Batum filled the stat sheet against the Wolves on Sunday with 22 points, 10 boards, four assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
He shot 9-of-15 from the field and hit his only free throw to make this an eight-cat line. Batum made lines like this one commonplace last season, but he's struggled a little bit this season. With LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) out for a bit, Batum could really turn in some massive statistical efforts in the next week or so.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 13 Days
Nicolas Batum said he is feeling much better and will play against the Wolves.
He had to go to the locker room on Friday night due to his stomach illness. Fantasy owners should have him in all lineups tonight, especially since he should have a bigger role without LaMarcus Aldridge.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 13 Days
Nicolas Batum has been dealing with an illness since Wednesday, but he will suit up for Sunday's game vs. Minnesota.
Batum has clearly been struggling lately, putting up just eight and three points in his last two outings. However, with LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) out, the Blazers will be leaning heavily upon their star swingman. Batum is not yet at 100 percent, but he is reportedly feeling much better, and hopefully he can right the ship on Sunday.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 14 Days
Nicolas Batum labored through an illness in Friday's game, scoring three points on 1-of-4 shooting with three rebounds, three assists and one block in 25 minutes.
Batum left at one point and then returned and owners shouldn't read too much into this. He'll be relied upon heavily with LaMarcus Aldridge out as soon as he's at 100 percent.