Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum is scheduled for an MRI on his injured right foot this afternoon. Batum sustained the injury two weeks ago against the Celtics, but had been playing through it along with the fractured finger he’d suffered against the 76ers just one week prior. Presently, the injury remains vague and unidentified, but it has worsened enough for the Trail Blazers to report it and seek medical answers.
According to Chris Haynes of CSNNW, Nicolas Batum “has no range of motion” in the foot. Paired with the aforementioned finger fracture, this could account for Batum’s dismal performance last night against the Warriors, where he tallied just 5 points, 3 assists, and 3 rebounds in 30+ minutes of play. If the injury is serious enough for him to miss games, Dorell Wright can be expected to rejoin the Trail Blazers’ rotation.
Now could be the time to rest Batum, but Portland cannot rest him for long. In just a week and a half the Trail Blazers will begin a five game stretch that includes the Pacers (1st in the East), Thunder (1st in the West), Clippers (4th in the West), and Spurs (2nd in the West). The Trail Blazers have been able to field all five starters in every game this season; losing Nicolas Batum could mean losing several important games, as well as ground in basketball’s most competitive conference.