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And yet, Durant had 36 points and 10 rebounds, running the combination of Wesley Matthews and Nicolas Batum to exhaustion. “He is the best one-on-one player in the league now,’’ Batum said. “I used to say ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) but I say him now because he can score from everywhere. The post was his weakness but now he has it ... I can’t say it was a weakness, he never had a weakness, but you didn’t have to think about it. He has that now.’’ Oregonian

For the first time since entering the league, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is considering giving his body a rest over the summer rather than playing for the France national team. It’s a tough decision he’s facing in possibly sitting out the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain this upcoming summer. Though, it’s a decision he won’t make until the conclusion of the 2013-14 NBA season. “I haven’t had a summer where I’ve been able to just rest and relax for a long time,” Batum told CSNNW.com. “It’s something that I’ll have to think about, but I won’t decide until after the season is over.” CSNNW.com

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“The guy is the best player in the world right now. What can you say about him?” said Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, a salty defender who fended off the pain of a broken left middle finger better than he could Durant, the league’s runaway leading scorer halfway through the season. “When you watch him on TV, like, he is the best. When you guard him in the game, sometimes you have two guys on him and he makes the shot anyway. NBA.com

“He’s the MVP. He’s the MVP,” Batum repeated, fiddling with his aching finger. “I mean, six years I have been in this league I have never seen a [performance] like that. Six years.” NBA.com

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“I look at all the small forwards in the West,” Batum told NBA.com. “You know, KD [Kevin Durant], is way up there, so can’t reach him he’s so far. But the West has to take a small forward after KD; I think it should be me. The West is crazy. I talked about it with Tony Parker two nights ago — I had dinner with him — that in the West, for a bench, to pick seven guys is pretty tough. KD is going to start at small forward, but I know if I get a chance to be on the bench to be a backup to KD, I would be very happy to do it.” NBA.com

LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard are virtual locks to be in New Orleans playing on that Sunday. So when asked Saturday night if he feels like he deserves to be an All-Star, the small forward didn’t hesitate to give you his thoughts. “Yes, of course,” Batum said to CSNNW.com. “If they have to pick one small forward behind K.D. (Kevin Durant), I think it should be me.” CSNNW.com

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With 24.3 seconds left, the Trail Blazers ahead of Oklahoma City 108-104 and LaMarcus Aldridge at the foul line for a pair Wednesday night at the Moda Center, the fans serenaded the city's biggest sports star with chants of "M-V-P!" "Finally," teammate Nicolas Batum said with a smile. "He deserved that." Portland Tribune

It was a great team win, but Aldridge's showing was so outstanding, it was hard not to focus on his standing among the game's elite. "I say it every game," Batum said. "He's the best power forward in the game. I'm not surprised what he did tonight." Could Aldridge be the NBA's MVP? "He deserves to be in the discussion right now," Batum said. "We're No. 1 in the West and No. 2 in the league. He's the best player we have. He's a top-five player right now." Portland Tribune

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“I feel like I’m competing with Carmelo [Anthony], K.D [Kevin Durant] and LeBron [James],” George told CSNNW.com. “I’m not taking nothing away from Batum or other small forwards in this league, but I feel like those guys are my competition and they’re who I’m going for." CSNNW.com

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