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March 22, 2015 Updates

Aldridge and Batum started the game, but suffered injuries in the first half and didn't return to action after halftime. Aldridge appeared to re-injure his left thumb when Memphis' Tony Allen reached in and attempted a steal in the first quarter. Aldridge has been playing with torn ligaments in his left thumb since late January. He scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in the first half. Batum tweaked his back in the first half and did not return to the game. He was 0-for-4 with two rebounds in 15:19 before leaving the game with an injury. X-Rays on Aldridge's left hand came back negative. Oregonian

March 10, 2015 Updates

So Batum has decided to play for the French National Team this summer, when it will try to defend its EuroBasket Championship on native soil in August. The move will be surprising to some, considering the Blazers' small forward acknowledged last month that he has felt "fatigue" this NBA season, in part, because he overextended himself last summer. But, despite this fatigue -- which no doubt led to his subpar season -- there was never really a doubt that Batum would play internationally in 2015. "I have to fight for my country," he said. Oregonian

Even though Batum will play for Team France, he says, he will do a number of things differently, will find a variety of ways to rest and get away from basketball. When the Blazers season ends, he will take a few weeks off to relax and let his body heal and he will not play or practice with the French national team until August. Batum has been invited to take part in an NBA-sponsored Basketball Without Borders trip to South Africa on Aug. 1, after which he will begin ramping up his preparation for EuroBasket. Oregonian

He even has vowed to treat that differently. He and France officials will manage his practice and recovery time and monitor his minutes, just as they do with veteran players like Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Noah. The goal is to scale back Batum's demands and enhance his maintenance -- all of which no doubt will thrill Blazers coach Terry Stotts. Oregonian

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I expect the Toronto Raptors to make a hard push for a power forward who can score more easily than the Amir Johnson/Patrick Patterson combo, but it would surprise me if Masai Ujiri can pull something off. But also keep this in mind about Ujiri: He has been trying to get his hands on Nicolas Batum for ages, and he will give up just about anything to land the French forward. SheridanHoops

January 31, 2015 Updates

"You know, it wasn't easy for him," Nicolas Batum said. "I can understand how frustrated he (was) because he deserved to be on the All-Star team. I think he played great anyway tonight. He played his game. He didn't make a lot of shots, but he played hard for 48 minutes and he was out there trying to win this game. So it was the same Dame that he always is." Oregonian

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Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum said he has been playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist since Dec. 17, when he fell after making a dunk against Milwaukee. Batum missed the next game, Dec. 19 at San Antonio, then played in the next two games before sitting out the Dec. 23 game at Oklahoma City. He said he has aggravated the injury several times - usually when he falls to the court. On Thursday against Boston, it was a third quarter fall that took him out of the game and ultimately led to him missing Saturday's 103-96 victory over Washington. Oregonian

January 20, 2015 Updates

"The worst thing I can do right now is give up,'' Batum said Monday night after an 8-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist night in the Blazers' 98-94 win over Sacramento. "I'm going to be all right.'' Batum is averaging 8.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists and is shooting a career-low 38.5 percent from the field and 25.8 percent from 3-point range. Oregonian

January 16, 2015 Updates

It was tough to tell just how quickly Nicolas Batum jetted out of the Portland Trail Blazers locker room Wednesday night, but judging from the streaks still cascading down the sides of the plastic cup, it was moments before the media was allowed in. Maybe he had a date, or a family matter, or maybe he had to pack for Thursday morning's early departure to San Antonio, but Batum wasn't around Wednesday to answer the biggest question surrounding the Trail Blazers these days: What in the world is going on with his game? Oregonian

"We need him,'' LaMarcus Aldridge said. "I think he knows that. He's a big part of this team and what we do, offensively and defensively. So, we need that Nic back from last year. I don't think he's happy with it, I think he's trying to figure it out and I think every guy on the team is trying to help him figure it out, too.'' Oregonian

So what is going on with Batum? If I was to guess, there are several factors at play here. He has been going through a complicated and messy divorce. Before the season started, I asked him whether he worried his personal life would disrupt his professional life. He scoffed, pointing to his performance that summer for France in the World Cup. "Do you think it affected my mind during the World Cup? I don't think so. I didn't show it,'' Batum said. "When this story came out, it was the same night I got 28 points.'' Oregonian

January 12, 2015 Updates

He saw the videos of the mass rally in Paris on Sunday. “I was proud,” Batum said. “I was proud of everybody because close to a million people on the streets and no incidents. Nothing happened. There were 50 world leaders there too and nothing happened. That shows that people greatly respect each other and what happened was bad and evil people. To be honest we had Jewish people and Christian people and Muslim people, we had everyone black, white they stand together. “I was proud to be a Frenchman.” NBCSports.com

January 9, 2015 Updates

Nicolas Batum, a proud Frenchman and Parisian, expressed his sadness and condolences for those affected by the shooting Thursday at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which killed at least 12 people. “I woke up this morning and it was the first thing I saw.,” said Batum. “That’s sad, twelve people killed like this. I have no words to explain what happened. I read that this morning, people came in and shot police. It’s sad for those people who tried to do their jobs. Forward Center

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