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Nicolas Batum likely back Wednesday

For the first time since tearing a ligament in his left elbow Oct. 4, Batum went full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage in practice. All went well, and if there is no setback, shooting guard Batum should play in Wednesday’s nationally televised home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “There were a lot of smiles out there, to see him back in a uniform,” forward Marvin Williams said. “I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today. There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball.

“I can’t say enough about how much this team needs Nic Batum,” power forward Marvin Williams said Thursday after practice. “Not only offensively what he brings to the table for himself and the rest of us, but defensively as well. He’s such a smart player, such a great player, on both ends of the floor. When you (lose) a guy like that, who does so many things, the team does struggle a little bit in his absence. If he’s back out there, it will make a huge difference.”

A source close to the team has told Spencer Percy, Managing Editor of Queen City Hoops, that Nic Batum has “no structural damage” and “everything was clean” in his right knee. Batum is expected to be out 1-2 weeks. Batum injured his right knee during the third-quarter in Detroit last night when he and Roy Hibbert got their legs caught up going for a loose ball. It was hard to tell exactly what happened live, and there wasn’t a great camera angle to show whether or not Batum hyper-extended the knee. Nonetheless, the team called it a hyper-extended right knee injury and Batum did not return to the game.

Batum came off the bench and logged only 14:44, going 2 of 5 from the floor and finishing with six points just hours after his wife gave birth to their son Aiden. “I tried, I tried,” Batum said. “The foot is huge. I tried everything. I tried hard, but I can’t push side to side. I was hurting the team much more than I was helping the team. So I told coach if you need me in the second half, call me. But it’s tough. Since Game 2, I’ve tried to come back, I’ve tried to do everything to come back and help the team, but I am not. So it’s a very tough situation for me right now.”
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December 15, 2017 | 10:05 pm EST Update