Batum missed two games last week with a migraine headache, a malady so severe that he couldn’t get out of bed for four days. “I was scared, worried,” Batum said Saturday after the Hornets guard scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his return, a 98-93 victory against the Washington Wizards at Spectrum Center. “I couldn’t think. I couldn’t eat or drink anything. It took me out of everything.”
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Chris Haynes: Charlotte Hornets forward Nicolas Batum undergoing CT scan on his brain, league sources tell ESPN. He’s dealing with painful migraines.
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February 24, 2018 | 4:56 pm EST Update
Tim Bontemps: The Timberwolves have announced an MRI on Jimmy Butler’s right knee revealed a “meniscal” injury. His timeline to return is TBD. Given the potential outcomes, probably the best news the Wolves could’ve hoped for.
Nick Friedell: The good news for T’Wolves is that it wasn’t an ACL injury for Butler. The bad news is that depending on how severe the meniscus injury is that’s usually at least several weeks off the floor in a best case scenario.
Paul Garcia: The Spurs have announced Manu Ginobili is QUESTIONABLE to play at CLE Sunday with a bruised sternum. Kawhi is also OUT.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets coach Michael Malone today on Torrey Craig, who’s battling a left hamstring strain – “I’m surprised its taken this long… I think it was in that last Houston game…he continued to push, push, push and I think he really reaggravated it.”
February 24, 2018 | 12:47 pm EST Update
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more — there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.”