While Maccabi was attempting FTs, Batum snuck down other end of court. Matthews noticed, tossed full-court in-bound pass to him. Layup. Wow!
Batum is playing more of the point guard role with this group, or at least some of it.
Blazers lead 54-45 at half. Wesley Matthews leads all with 13 points. CJ has 10 in the start, Batum also has 10, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.
Barton gets a rest. Dorell Wright coming in with McCollum-Batum-LA and RoLo.
McCollum guarding Redick, Batum on Paul to start, which makes sense.
Stotts said when Blake was out, he told McCollum, Barton, Batum: "We have 3 playmakers, not 3 point guards."
If I was McDonald's, I would switch name to Batum fries for Oregon and SW Wash locations.
Aldridge (22 pts, 6 rebs) and Batum (6 pts, 6 reb, 4 ast) get to 24 min finishing 3rd. Should be done for game as that was Stotts' target.
Stotts goes to bench for 1st time midway through 1st, inserting Barton, McCollum and Kaman alongside LA and Batum.
Starters for tonight's Jazz-Blazers game: Jazz: Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter, Favors Blazers: Blake, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge, Lopez
Burks with a transition lay-up when Hayward forces Batum into a turnover. This Jazz team has the potential to be lethal in transition
Starters for tonight's preseason-opener: Jazz: Burke, Burks, Hayward, Kanter, Favors Blazers: Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge, Lopez.
The Portland starting 5: Lillard, Matthews, Batum, Aldridge, Lopez.
2016 free agents as this new TV deal comes into play: Durant, Noah, Horford, Batum. Also, if they opt in in 15: LeBron, Love, Lopez, Hibbert
Meyers Leonard with a nice outlet pass to Batum. Has 7 boards, 4 points.
White: Blake, Batum, Matthews, Meyers, RoLo vs. Black: Dame, Barton, CJ, Kaman and LA.
White team: Lillard, CJ, Kaman, ThomRob, Claver vs Aldridge, RoLo, Darius Morris, Dorell Wright and Batum.
Batum says he still has expectations for the Blazers to be a top-4 team.
Batum: "I feel great. ... I don’t really want to rest … take days off. The other guys have been working out all summer, too."
Batum said France winning a medal was such a big deal, he had all kinds of responsibilities to be a spokesman for team.
Batum said he has had ONE day off since World Cup, with appearances and interviews after it. But he points out he's only 25.
Nicolas Batum said that he hoped going into the summer that the Blazers would sign Steve Blake. "I have great memories with him."
Batum and Aldridge still yet to speak at media day. They're coming out shortly.
After that cluster, we'll get Batum and Aldridge to finish media day, one at a time.
France wins the bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup for the first time in their history with a 95-93 win over Lithuania. Batum w/ 27 points.
Nicolas Batum is France's top scorer at the World Cup with 9.9 ppg.
France has some young, NBA talent like Gobert, who played great tonight, as well as Fournier. Diaw and Batum led the team to a superb game.