Batum sustains concussion during practice, out indefinitely

Batum sustains concussion during practice, out indefinitely
October 8, 2013, 2:00 pm
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TUALATIN -- Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum suffered a concussion during practice on Tuesday morning.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says Batum went up for a dunk attempt and Will Barton tried to contest it, clashing with Batum, sending him crashing into the stanchion behind the basket.

Stotts described it as a “hard fall.”

Batum will have to adhere to the NBA's concussion protocol before returning to action. He will not be available to play in Wednesday's exhibition against the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Center.

This has become a recurring theme for the Trail Blazers since camp opened up. LaMarcus Aldridge sustained a quad injury, Mo Williams sprained his ankle, Will Barton received a concussion, Dorell Wright dislocated his right middle finger, Earl Watson suffered a calf contusion and the worst one of them all, CJ McCollum broke his left foot.

It's been hard times.