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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.
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Batum (back) is doubtful to play Tuesday against the Warriors, The Oregonian reports.
Batum was forced to leave Saturday's game due to a back injury, which will apparently keep him sidelined for at least Tuesday's game as well. However, at the moment, the extent of Batum's back ailment is uncertain, so his situation should be worthwhile to observe in the coming days.
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Batum (back) won't return to Saturday's game at Memphis due to lower back pain.
Both Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge (hand) didn't take the court after halftime, and their ailments soon emerged. Batum finished scoreless (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt) with two rebounds and one steal, which a far cry from his normal jam-packed stat lines. In his place, Dorell Wright and CJ McCollum should earn more work than normal off the bench. As Tuesday's contest against Golden State approaches, expect Batum's injury to receive clarity.
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Batum posted eight points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 34 minutes of action Friday against the Magic.
Batum is averaging 8.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 steals over the last five games. While these numbers don't pop off the charts, his multi-category production makes him useful in most fantasy formats.
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Batum posted a double-double in 40 minutes Monday against the Wizards as he scored 12 points (4-12 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) to go along with 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.
Batum is not going to light the net on fire, but his ability to contribute across the board makes him one of those players who can help elevate a fantasy roster to a championship. He is averaging 13.7 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.3 three-pointers over his last seven games and should continue to be a valuable asset as Portland fights for playoff positioning.
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Batum dished out a season-high 12 assists in a win over the Raptors Friday. He also had 10 points (3-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and three steals in 34 minutes.
Batum is known for his high assist numbers, ranking second among all small forwards in assists per game, behind only LeBron James. He also has 10 or more points in five of his past six games and is averaging 7.8 rebounds in March.
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Batum had another strong showing in Wednesday's win over the Rockets, finishing with 18 points (7-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, six assists and a steal in 40 minutes.
Batum is on fire right now, shooting 50 percent or higher from the field and 40 percent or higher from the three-point line in each of his last four games. Over that stretch, he's averaging 17.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. He's also hit at least two three-pointers in each of those four outings as well, as he's been producing some solid numbers over an array of categories. While his production likely won't stay this high, he'll still get his share of shots off, especially with Wesley Matthews out for the season.
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Batum had 15 points (6-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, six assists, and one block in 36 minutes Thursday against the Mavericks.
Over the last five games, Batum has played his best basketball of the year. He's outperforming his season average in almost every significant category. On the year, Batum is averaging 9.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.7 blocks, and 1.1 steals. Over the last five games, however, Batum has averaged 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.0 block, and 1.2 steals while shooting 49 percent from the field, 10 percent better than his season average. It appears that Batum has benefited from time off over the All-Star break, and though we don't expect him to keep up this level of production, he will probably see more scoring opportunities with Wesley Matthews (Achilles) out for the year.