Nicolas Batum not done for season

Mark J. Miller
Scoop Du Jour

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum was "very scared" that he would be going the way of Greg Oden and Brandon Roy with a serious knee injury after watching the play in which he suffered his injury Monday night over and over, the Oregonian reports.

Batum's other fear, the paper points out, is that he wouldn't be healthy enough to play for France in the Olympics this summer. "That was my main goal, my purpose," Batum said, according to the paper. "I was thinking I'm going to miss the Olympics."

But Batum's MRI Tuesday shows that he "does not have a serious injury," according to the paper. What he does have is a bone contusion, the paper notes, which will keep him out of the team's game against the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday.

"I was so happy after that, " Batum said, the Oregonian reports, and he plans to travel with the team Thursday to take on the Sacramento Kings (though it isn't clear if he'll be ready to play).

The 23-year-old is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season.

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