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Batum (back) logged 32 minutes Friday against the Suns and contributed five points, nine rebounds, and five assists.

Batum is returning from a two-game absence, and it's encouraging to see him log 32 minutes. Still, his production in March has been unimpressive -- 10.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 0.9 steals per game. He's still worth owning in standard leagues, however.

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Batum (back) will play Friday against the Suns, Craig Grialou of 98.7 FM reports.

Batum was considered probable for the game, but has now apparently been ruled in. He missed each of the last two contests due to the minor back issue, so it's possible he will be eased back into action.

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Batum (back) is probable to play Friday against the Suns.

Batum is battling a minor back issue, which has kept him out of the last two games. He was very close to playing Wednesday but was pulled from the lineup just before tip-off after his back tightened up in warmups. Barring a similar situation Friday, expect Batum to take the floor. The team has not announced whether he'll start or come off the bench.

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Batum was held out of Wednesday's win at Utah after his back tightened up during pregame warmups, The Oregonian reports.

Entering the game with questionable availability, Batum was initially listed as a starter. However, his name was removed from the starting lineup after the aforementioned development and ultimately kept him on the pine. While his teammates put an end to a five-game skid, his treatment included a heating pad on the afflicted region. In his stead, Allen Crabbe got the nod at small forward, as LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) returned to action, which will likely repeat if Batum is ruled out for Friday's game at Phoenix.

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Batum (back) sat out Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

Batum was expected to come off the bench, but ultimately he didn't make it onto the court. The game was a close one, so it's unclear why the Blazers decided not to let him loose. Still, consider him a game-time decision for Saturday's game.

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Batum (back) will not start Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

Reports earlier Wednesday suggested that Batum would get the start after sitting out Tuesday, but it's in fact Allen Crabbe who will start at small forward. There is still a chance Batum could see some minutes off the bench, however.

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Batum (back) is listed as a starter for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Jabari Young of CSN reports.

Batum missed Tuesday's game with lower back pain, which surfaced Saturday against Memphis. Both he and LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) are expected to return Wednesday as the Blazers look to snap a five-game losing skid.

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Batum (back) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest in Utah.

Batum was confined to the trainer's room during Tuesday's loss to the Warriors, meaning his availability may be a bit less than questionable Wednesday. If he's unable to alleviate the pain in his lower back, he'll likely yield his spot in the starting lineup to Dorell Wright rather than Alonzo Gee, the latter of which got the nod against Golden State's smaller lineup.

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Batum (back) traveled with the Blazers to Utah, but a decision hasn't been made on his availability for Wednesday's game versus the Jazz, CSN Northwest reports.

Batum was removed at halftime of Saturday's eventual loss in Memphis due to lower back pain, which eventually contained him to street clothes Tuesday against the Warriors. In his place, Alonzo Gee received his first nod as a member of the Blazers. With Utah's lengthy front line on tap, though, coach Terry Stotts could opt to move Dorell Wright to the three in order fit a more traditional big man in the starting lineup, if Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge (finger) both fail to take the court.

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Batum (back) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Warriors, The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Batum wasn't officially ruled out until moments before Tuesday's game started. His next opportunity to play will be against the Jazz on Wednesday.