Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 2/8/13
A lot of attention has been paid in the Portland media recently to Nicolas Batum’s aching right wrist. The focus has been on his lack of shot attempts — over the first 44 games of the season he averaged 16.2 points per game on 12.7 shots per game; in his four games since injuring the wrist, he’s averaging 7.5 points on 6.5 shots a night. Basically half the production on half the attempts. Despite the injury, Batum is still playing the big minutes he’s played all season long. He’s averaged nearly 39 minutes per game this season and that hasn’t changed. In the last four games, he’s “nursed” his wrist by logging 38 minutes, 38 minutes, 35 minutes and 40 minutes. The reason coach Terry Stotts has kept him on the floor is because Batum is such a complete player. He is still doling out the assists, still hauling in the rebounds, still disrupting opposing offenses with his versatility on defense. But because it pains Batum so much to shoot, he has lost a key weapon in his arsenal. Now,
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