|Rights: Be A lac GM||HT: 6-8|
|Jersey: 33||WT: 230|
|DOB: 12/14/1988||Age: 33|
|Sal: $12.37M||Inj: No Injury|
|Player Avg: FBPPG =8.67 PPG=5.30 RPG=4.04 APG=1.44|
|Contract Status: PO - Player Option|
|Nicolas Batum: Picks up slack in losing effort|
Batum scored 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt) and chipped in seven rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 25 minutes Tuesday in the Clippers' 103-96 loss to the Suns.
The Scoop: With Terance Mann (two points in 32 minutes) taking a big step back Tuesday following two straight games of at least 20 points, it was Batum who stepped up to fill the scoring void. Though Batum paired the strong scoring total with quality numbers across the board, the veteran forward remains tough to depend on from a game by game basis. His playing time has fallen between 16 and 29 minutes over the Clippers' seven games in February, and before turning in excellent lines in back-to-back contests, he had averaged a meager 4.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 three-pointers in the first five games of the month.
Feb 16 9:48 ET