Batum discusses finger injury
Nicolas Batum broke the middle finger on his left hand in the final seconds of the Blazers home loss to the 76ers, a source tells CSNNW.com Blazers Insider Chris Haynes.
Coach Stotts said postgame he initially believed it was a dislocation. Batum later confirmed that the finger did, in fact, pop out.
The play that led to the broken finger occurred with 14 seconds remaining in the game on an inbounds play to Evan Turner.
"It just got caught up in his jersey," Batum said. "I didn't really realize it until five or ten seconds after it happened when I shook my hand around."
Geoff Clark, the Trail Blazers Head Athletic Trainer, put the finger back into place on the court.
Batum fouled out the following play. Against Philadelphia, Batum shot 1 for 9 from the field, finishing with 6 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
"It's one finger on my left hand, so I should be ok."
According to Chris Haynes, Batum will see a hand specialist in the coming days, but will play through the injury.
After Chris Haynes reported the break in Batum's finger, the Trail Blazers announced officially Batum suffered a "avulsion fracture" in his left middle finger. An avulsion fracture occurs when a ligament or tendon, along with bone, gets pulled off bone its attached to.
Batum is listed as "probable" for Tuesday vs. Sacramento.