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Batum (wrist/knee) did not practice Thursday and is questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs, the Oregonian reports.
Batum has seen an increase in minutes over his last five games at nearly 37 versus 34 for the season. He hasn't seen an increase in production, however, and is shooting just 33.3 percent over the five-game span, averaging 8.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.6 boards. His status for Friday's game should be updated either Friday morning or closer to tipoff.
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Batum had 11 points (4-8 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 35 minutes of action against the Knicks on Sunday.
This is Batum's fourth straight game with at least five assists, but oddly - he has not been very successful from down town. Before Sunday's game he had only made two three-point field goal attempts over his last six games.
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Batum scored four points (2-6 FG, 0-3 3Pt), with 13 assists, four rebounds and three steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Nuggets.
Well, this was an interesting line from Batum. He's usually a shooter, but has struggled at times this year shooting. Apparently, he's turned into a pass-first player, and it worked out well. Fantasy owners may not love it since he's not scoring, but you can't hate getting some type of fantasy production from him.
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Batum has now not made a three in three games, scoring just six points (3-11 FG, 0-5 3Pt) in a loss to the Grizzlies on Friday.
Batum is now a combined 0-for-13 in his past three games from beyond the arc, which is uncharacteristic for a guy who is a career 36.7 percent shooter from three. The 25-year-old also had the worst plus/minus of anyone on the Trail Blazers, finishing -16 in 35 minutes. Batum certainly isn't in danger of losing any playing time given his track record, but owners have to be frustrated with his struggles from deep.
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Batum took his game another step further, following a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines. He ended his night with 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 0-0 FT), five rebounds, three assists, and a steal in 32 minutes.
Batum will need a few games under him before he hits the form we all know he can produce at. Give him some time to get his game back together, although it looks like that should come sooner, rather than later.
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Batum (knee) returned from his injury Friday but only spent 21 minutes on the court and put up nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Batum had been sidelined for four-straight games before he made his comeback Friday. The Trail Blazers play the Celtics on Sunday and Batum will likely be eased back into action once again, although he didn't appear to suffer any setbacks Friday.
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Batum (knee) will start Friday's game, but may not play his usual minutes, Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
He probably won't be a good option in daily leagues Friday night, but it's an encouraging sign that he will be able to play through the ailment for now.
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Batum (knee) was seen at practice without a brace, Erik Gundersen of The Oregonian reports.
This news offers further credence that Batum is on track to return Friday against the Bulls after missing the previous four contests.
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Batum (knee) went through practice Wednesday, Blazers digital reporter Casey Holdahl reports.
He remains on track to return for Friday's game against the Bulls after missing the past four games with a knee injury.
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Batum (knee) is on pace to return Friday against the Bulls, The Oregonian reports.
Batum has missed the last four games with a knee contusion but said he could have played limited minutes Monday, had there been the need. The forward underwent two Platelet Rich Plasma treatments early last week in an effort to speed up the recovery process, and he's now on track to play Friday against the Bulls. The Blazers were off Tuesday, and Batum will test out the knee in practices Wednesday and Thursday with the expectation that team doctors will clear him for Friday's contest.