Nicolas Batum (nose) avoids protective mask (Mar 9 12:00 ET )
Nicolas Batum did not wear a mask to protect his bruised nose on Sunday, and the injury didn't seem to bother him as he piled up eight points, 12 rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks.
The Scoop: Batum fractured his nose this summer and suffered a nasal contusion on Friday. He was fitted for a mask but he's very resistant to wearing it, and for now his preference has trumped the training staff's caution. His solid night was marred only by a lack of 3-pointers and a whopping seven turnovers, which proved costly as Portland fell by five points in overtime.
Well, we know he can’t wear a black mask to protect his face going forward. Portland’s starting swingman Nicolas Batum broke his nose in the Blazers’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks his agent told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com. In the third quarter Monta Ellis drove the lane and used his off arm to clear out…
The Scoop:He was hit badly in the nose and he's lucky he didn't get suffer a break. Batum finally cooled off tonight with a line of just nine points, five boards, five assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. He had at least 15 rebounds in each of his previous three, but his five tonight were his lowest since Feb. 11. Batum should have a few more in what should be a fast-paced game against the Rockets on Sunday night.
The Scoop:Batum told reporters that X-rays were negative but further tests revealed the break, which he played through after getting elbowed in the third quarter. We're considering Batum probable for Sunday's game but owners should watch for updates in the next 24 hours.
The Scoop:Batum suffered a contusion on top of a pre-existing fracture from when he played with France this summer. He is adamant that he won't wear a protective mask and there doesn't seem to be any danger of him sitting out Sunday's game, so owners should keep him active unless something changes.
Nicolas Batum hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 14 points and 18 rebounds in Wednesday's easy win over the Hawks.
The Scoop:Batum has been crazy good over his last three games, and very good over his last five, averaging 15.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers, which is why you drafted him so early this year. It didn't look like it was going to pan out for the first couple months of the season, but Batum is clicking on all cylinders now.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Entering Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Portland Trail Blazers had two primary goals. "We wanted to put them away early, and we wanted to play good (defense)," Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said. Portland built an 18-point halftime lead and held Atlanta to 33 percent shooting in a 102-78 romp at the Moda Center. Batum scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds as the Trail Blazers (42-19) won for the sixth time in seven games.
The Atlanta Hawks struggled to make buckets, finishing 29-88 (33.0%), including 4-27 (14.8%) from three-point range, as they were pummeled by Portland Trail Blazers, 102-78. Portland (42-19) gets one in the win column after losing to Los Angeles on Monday. Mo Williams came off the bench and put up 15 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-3 on 3-point attempts, in a strong performance. Other top performers for Portland were Nicolas Batum with 14 points and 18 rebounds, Damian Lillard with 12 points and 6 assists, and LaMarcus Aldridge with 10 points and 6 rebounds.
Nicolas Batum had 14 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers routed Atlanta 102-78, a loss that marked the end of Hawks guard Kyle Korver's NBA-record streak of 127 games with a 3-pointer. He was 0 for 5 from 3-point range against the Blazers. Portland, which led by as many as 29 points, has won six of its last seven games while keeping pace as one of the teams battling for the top four seeds in the West. The Hawks have lost four straight and 12 of their last 13 as they fight to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
The Scoop: None.
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