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Batum scored 27 points (9-15 FG, 6-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with 10 rebounds, five assists and one block in 39 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Suns.

Batum's points and three-pointers made were both a season high as he picked up his offensive game with LaMarcus Aldridge out with a thumb injury. This is the type of line owners have been anticipating since draft day. Enjoy the moment and hope this can spark Batum for a big second half of the season.

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Batum said after Monday's win against the Kings that his poor shooting this season is a result of stiffness in his right wrist, The Oregonian reports.

Further clarifying the situation, Batum stated that he's unable to bring his right wrist all the way back, which is causing his shots to veer to the right. The career 45-percent shooter has stumbled through the first half of the season, knocking down 39 percent from the floor en route to his lowest scoring output (8.9 points per game) since his rookie campaign in 2008-09. He won't consider taking time off, though, after the Blazers' frontcourt suffered another hit Monday. With All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge now nursing a left thumb injury, Batum will focus on fixing his shot, while providing his usual brand of intangibles (distributing, rebounding, and defense).

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Batum scored 16 Points (7-13 FG, 2-7 3Pt) with four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block during Saturday's loss to the Hawks.

Batum has struggled with his shot while battling injuries thus far, but looks has now shot 53 percent or better from the field in three out his last four games. He's also finding his range from beyond the arc, hitting 10 treys in his last four games. The window for fantasy owners to buy low on Batum won't be open for much longer.

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Batum (wrist) returned from a one-game absence Friday against the Sixers to put up 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 29 minutes.

Batum had been dealing with a wrist injury that caused him to miss two of his last five games. He's expected to continue playing against the Knicks on Sunday although it's possible that there could still be a little lingering pain in his wrist at some point in the future.

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Batum (wrist) is officially active for the Trail Blazers on Friday.

Batum has missed two of the last four games due to a wrist sprain, but will rejoin the lineup. He could be in line for extended minutes, if he can handle it, due to the absence of both LaMarcus Aldridge and Chris Kaman Friday.

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Batum (wrist) is listed as questionable for Friday's game against the Sixers, digital reporter Casey Holdahl reports.

Batum has played in two of the last four games as he can't quite get over his lingering wrist issue. Considering that Portland has a decent chance of beating Philadelphia without all their players anyways, it's entirely possible that Batum may sit to get a little extra time to rest.

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Batum (wrist) will not play Tuesday against Oklahoma City.

Batum's wrist sprain flared up in Monday's loss to the Rockets, and the team will hold him out Tuesday, likely as a precaution more than anything. While his presence as an all-around player will be missed, the blow is softened by the fact that Kevin Durant (ankle) will miss his third straight game.

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Batum scored 11 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with three rebounds, five assists, and three steals in Saturday's win over the Pelicans.

Batum's wrist and knee issues have really plagued him this season, resulting in career lows in scoring, 3Pt percentage, and rebounding. Once Batum gets back on track from beyon the arc, he should return to being one of the top small forward fantasy options in the game.

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Batum (wrist) will play Saturday against the Pelicans, the Oregonian reports.

Batum was wavering a bit after experiencing some renewed discomfort in his wrist during pregame drills, but he will tough it out against New Orleans. "I'm not playing for me tonight, I'm playing for my team," Batum said.

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Batum (wrist) initially said that he expected to play Saturday against the Pelicans but changed his tune after going through his pregame routine, the Oregonian reports. "I don't know," Batum said. "I really don't."

Batum sat Friday with wrist and knee ailments, and the wrist appeared to present issues during shooting drills Saturday afternoon. He was grimacing and rubbing the area regularly. Allen Crabbe got the start in Batum's absence Friday but played just 13 minutes.