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There's an explanation for Nicolas Batum's poor shooting in the Blazer's loss Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks: The French phenom is dealing with an sore wrist.
Batum made just two of his nine shots, finishing with seven points (a three-pointer), seven rebounds, five assists and a steal. Blazers beat writer Jason Quick reports that Batum injured his right wrist while trying to brace himself in a fall during practice. He played Saturday with a wrap on it.
"It hurts the more I shoot," Batum told Quick. Batum doesn't expect to miss any games.
Batum is a top-10 fantasy player. On the season, he's averaging 16.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals and a block with 98 three-pointers made.
I wouldn't bench him, unless he's for sure missing time. Keep riding him, but expect his shots to decrease.
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The Portland Trail Blazers had a big decision to make this past summer surrounding small forward Nicolas Batum. The Minnesota Timberwolves made him a four-year, $45 million offer, and Portland had to choose whether they wanted to risk overspending, or risk losing a great player by letting him walk.
The Blazers chose to take a chance and spend the money, and Nicolas...
PDX needs a win, now.
The Portland Trail Blazers sure know how to make things interesting, don’t they? For the first time in franchise history, the team has lost five straight games by six points or less.
Matchup: Portland (20-20) vs. Washington Wizards (8-30)
Venue: Rose Garden Arena
Time: 7:00 PM PT
Date: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013
Portland needs a win as badly as anybody in the league...
Monday, January 21st, 2013
10:00 PM ET
TV: Comcast SportsNet HD
Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier
Radio: 106.7 FM/1500 AM
Dave Johnson and Glenn Consor
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PORTLAND - Jordan Crawford's fadeaway 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Washington Wizards a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Monday night at the Rose Garden. It was the fifth win in seven games for the Wizards (9-30), who hold victories over Oklahoma City, Atlanta and Denver during that string. Nene and Martell Webster each scored 24 points for Washington. ...
PORTLAND -- Brandon Jennings scored 30 points, including four free throws in the final 33 seconds, to lift the Milwaukee Bucks to a 110-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Rose Garden. Ersan Ilyasova collected 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks (21-18), who are 5-2 under interim head coach Jim Boylan. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished...
Wizards guard Jordan Crawford buries a 3 at the Buzzer to give the Wizards a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers:
PORTLAND -- Brandon Jennings scored 30 points -- including four free throws in the final 33 seconds -- to lift Milwaukee to a 110-104 victory over Portland Saturday night at the Rose Garden. Ersan Ilyasova collected 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Bucks (20-18), who are 5-2 under interim head coach Jim Boylan. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished out 10 assists for the...