Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 5 Months

Nicolas Batum had a career playoff-high 26 points during Friday's 121-116 overtime loss to the Rockets, adding nine boards, five assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 49 minutes.

He suffered a minor leg injury and was limping for about a minute late in the game, but it didn't cost him any playing time. Batum was all over the court tonight and the Rockets had some issues matching up with him all game. He played in all 82 games this season and led the NBA with 216 miles ran on the court, so we think he'll be ready for Game 4 on Sunday.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 5 Months

Nicolas Batum led the NBA in distance traveled this season at 216 miles.

He had an avulsion fracture on his finger back in January and was still able to play in all 82 games. Batum and the rest of the Blazers starting five played a whopping 1,373 minutes together this season, which ranked second in the NBA behind the Pacers' starting unit. The Frenchman ranked third among small forwards in assists per game this season while also ranking 18th in effective field goal percentage. He's a fantasy stud and probably doesn't get enough credit for the Blazers' success this season.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 5 Months

Nicolas Batum scored 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one three in Friday's win over the Jazz.

The Blazers pulled to within a half-game of the No. 4 Rockets, but they need to finish higher because Houston has the tiebreaker. Damian Lillard went for 16 and six with four treys, Robin Lopez had 12 and eight with a block, Wesley Matthews hit three triples and scored 21 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge went for 18 and 14 but didn't have any defensive stats.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 5 Months

Nicolas Batum plans on wearing a splint on his left middle finger even when his injury has healed.

He suffered an avulsion fracture back in January and the Frenchman has worn a splint since. His shooting numbers were down to begin with, but they've come back to life shooting 48.3 percent from the field in his last five. Batum should be fine and will look to finish strong.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nicolas Batum shot just 3-of-9 to score six points vs. the Magic, while adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.

The poor shooting was accompanied by a game-high six turnovers. Batum is sometimes unselfish to a fault, passing up good shots for riskier assist opportunities, and the Blazers surely wish he'd cracked double-digits with LaMarcus Aldridge once again unavailable on Tuesday. Batum will look to bounce back in Thursday's road game vs. the Hawks.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nicolas Batum will wear a protective splint on his fractured left middle finger for the rest of the season.

Batum said that his finger is almost completely healed and he was scheduled to permanently remove the splint next week, but instead he'll continue to wear it as a precaution. "I tried to practice [without the splint] but I kept second-guessing myself," Batum said. "I was focusing too hard on catching the ball right. It was messing with my mind so I figured I'll play with it the rest of the way." He has stepped up his game since LaMarcus Aldridge (back) went down and his finger hasn't limited him whatsoever in March.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nicolas Batum grabbed 14 boards against the Wizards on Thursday to go with 12 points, five assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

His rebounding has been tremendous with LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) this season. In fact, when Aldridge is off the court, Batum has a defensive rebounding rate of 23.8 percent which is much better than his 16.3 percent with LMA. The Frenchman became the first Blazer since Clyde Drexler to have four straight games of at least nine rebounds and five assists. He's having a terrific finish to this season and is paying some serious dividends to his patient owners.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nico Batum hit 7-of-15 shots and just missed a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's OT win over the Bucks.

This was as ugly as NBA wins get, but Batum had a big fantasy night. It looked like it was going to be even bigger after he scored 16 in the first quarter, but he was pretty quiet after that. Batum has been a fantasy beast over the last few weeks and should continue along that path, especially with LaMarcus Aldridge still out with his back injury.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nicolas Batum missed a critical free throw on Sunday, but still tied a career-high with five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block.

Batum snared a rebound and was fouled at the very end of regulation, putting him at the line with a chance to tie it at 113-113, but he wasn't able to convert the second freebie. Tonight's monster game on the glass isn't a fluke -- after averaging 5.7 rebounds in February, he's suddenly ripping down 13.3 per game in March.

Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 6 Months

Nicolas Batum was everywhere during Friday's win over the Pelicans with 22 points, 18 boards, five assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 45 minutes.

He matched his career high with the 18 boards and Batum has turned it up this month. in his previous seven games, he averaged 12.1 points, 12.6 boards, 3.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples. The loss of LaMarcus Aldridge (back) should increase the output from Batum and he'll be an absolute must-start player.