The Batum and RoLo two-man game has been great to start this second half for Portland. Tie game at 57.
Pretty drive and finish with the left by Nic Batum. Rondo with an even better one on the other end.
Batum said that with him coming back, Wes could be Wes. "He kept saying the last couple of games 'I have to be you.'"
Batum with the first four points for the Blazers.
Stotts said Nicolas Batum will play/start tonight but "he probably won't play the same amount of minutes that he normally does."
Blazers activate Nicolas Batum.
Once again, Batum (knee) was a full go at practice. "He had a good day," according to Stotts.
Batum has been on the court without a brace since media were allowed in to practice.
Nicolas Batum doing shooting drills after practice with no brace.
At the last practice open to media the Batum was working out in a brace. Said he practiced without it today "and was fine."
Batum reiterates he should be able to play Friday against Chicago.
Nicolas Batum chatting with fellow countryman Alexis Ajinça just before tip off. Ajinca will start at center for N.O. with Asik out.
Batum said he should be okay for Friday against Chicago.
As I wrote last wk Batum coming back tonight seemed like best-case scenario. "The plan is that he's not ready to play tonight," Stotts said.
Stotts said Batum went through workouts and "wasn't ready." Batum had said yesterday medical staff was going to be cautious in clearing him.
Terry Stotts confirms that Aldridge will play tonight but Batum is still out vs. New Orleans. Victor Claver moves back to inactive list
Portland will be without SF Nikolas Batum (knee) but will have PF LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) tonight.
Aldridge in, Batum out for Blazers tonight per Stotts.
LaMarcus Aldridge (upper respiratory illness) will play and Nicolas Batum (right knee contusion) will not play vs. NO.
Nets should win tonight at home against a Miami team without Wade. But I also thought they should beat Portland without Aldridge and Batum.
For those asking about status of Aldridge/Batum vs. NO. Won't know for sure until about 5:15. Now, LA is questionable, Batum is doubtful.
Blazers officially make Batum (right knee contusion) doubtful for tomorrow and say Aldridge (illness) is questionable for Monday vs. Pels.
Batum said the bruise on his right knee is the under the bone. He's feeling better but not 100%. He was wearing a soft brace post-practice
Nicolas Batum (right knee contusion) was a full go in practice today but said he's still doubtful for tomorrow vs. Pelicans
Batum said he's doubtful for tomorrow vs. Pels.
Batum shooting jumpers now after putting a brace on his right knee. Looks like they are testing him a bit.
Blazers practice: Nicolas Batum attempting to kick a ball with that right knee that's kept him out. LaMarcus taking jumpers with PFs.
Not sure how much, but both Nicolas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge are going through some of today's practice.
Blazers win 97-87 without Aldridge and Batum. Lillard with 28, 10 assists, 5 rebs. RoLo with 10, 7 rebs + W. Brook w/ 21 pts, 4 feb + L.