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An untethered Nicolas Batum, as opponents are learning, is dangerous. During 4 seasons playing for former Portland Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan, Batum made steady progress. Joining the Blazers as a 19-year-old, Batum increased his scoring from 5.4 ppg his rookie season to 13.9 ppg during the 2011-2012 season. As Batum’s game matured, Nate McMillan’s utilization of the budding star from France did not. McMillan’s death slog isolation offense often found Batum positioned in the corners of the court waiting for a spot up three. This role in the offense seemed to frustrate Batum and for good reason. McMillan was micro-managing him. This season in Terry Stotts’ free flowing motion offense, Batum is unleashed and his potential is being realized.
For his steady progress and loads of potential, the 23-year Batum was rewarded handsomely in the offseason. After a bidding war ensued between the Blazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Batum inked a 4 year, $45 million deal to re...
BEST OF MAXIM
During the offseason, there was chatter all across Portland and all around the league about whether Nicolas Batum was worth a $40 million dollar contract. Well as of November 16th, he has quieted a lot of that chatter.
The big crack on Batum has always been inconsistency and shrinking in big games. So far this season, he has been spectacular, especially against Houston on Friday...
Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum scored 21 points apiece and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 102-94 on Sunday night for their first-three-game winning streak since opening last season with a trio of victories.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and 13 rebounds as all of Portland's starters were in double figures.
After trailing by as many as 15 in the third...
If voting for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award took place right now, it would be sort of weird since it is only three weeks into the season. But, heck, since All-Star voting has started already, no award discussion is really off limits.
Anyway, if voting for the top rookie happened today, there is a good chance Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard would beat out...
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge are the veterans, the guys who are supposed to do the yeoman work for the Portland Trail Blazers. That's precisely what happened Sunday night as the Trail Blazers held off every Chicago challenge in a 102-94 victory over the Bulls at the Rose Garden. Matthews and Batum each scored 21 points, and Aldridge...
Shooters come alive for Portland
The Headline: L.A. puts up a double-double, and Portland uses a rain of shots to sink the Rose-less Bulls 102-94.
Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers
When: 9:00 ET, Sunday, November 18, 2012
Where: Rose Garden (Portland)
Officials: Rodney Mott, Pat Fraher, Kevin Cutler
1. Great outside shooting
Once again, Blazer...
The Portland Trail Blazers were going through some shaky times the last time they were preparing to face the Chicago Bulls.
New coach Terry Stotts seems to have a solid foundation in place now with rookie Damian Lillard playing alongside LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews.
Portland goes for its first three-game winning streak since the start of last season on...
Three straight wins have the Portland Trail Blazers feeling they're headed in the right direction.
Three consecutive losses have the Phoenix Suns about to change theirs.
Portland looks to continue its rejuvenation on offense against arguably the league's worst defensive team Wednesday night with a visit to Phoenix, which could test a new-look lineup.
A victory would give...
Top Blazers Last 7 Days
Last week I wrote of a depth problem with this year’s Portland Trail Blazers squad, and how a solution needed to be discovered if they were to stay competitive.
Well, a solution is starting to reveal itself, and it’s not by way of a trade, or any current player stepping up. No, the solution is increased minutes/workload for the current starters; a solution...
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Line of the Night: Portland may be struggling, but Nicolas Batum (2.86) is not. Thanks to a monster 35 points (5 threes, 13-19 from the field), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 blocks, Batum has climbed to #4 overall on Give Me The Rock’s Fantasy Basketball Player Rater (and that Top 3 includes the injured Kyle Lowry). Of course, Batum also...
Back on track?
The Portland Trail Blazers have won three straight contests, as its young roster is beginning to find success in a lighter part of the schedule.
Matchup: Portland (5-5) @ Phoenix Suns (4-7)
Venue: US Airways Center
Time: 6:00 PM PT
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012
A game against the 4-7 Phoenix Suns could be just what the team needs to keep their streak going.