Batum will play through pain, still can't dribble on left hand

Batum will play through pain, still can't dribble on left hand
January 6, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Batum will play through pain

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Nicolas Batum, who suffered an avulsion fracture during the final seconds of the Blazers loss to the 76ers Saturday at the Moda Center, says he will play through the pain and is probable for the team's road contest in Sacramento Tuesday.

Batum, who had his finger wrapped and splinted, participated with the team during Monday's practice, but said afterwards that he cannot dribble on it as of right now.

"It feels fine right now. I can shoot the ball pretty well," Batum said, citing the injury did not occur on his shooting hand. "But when I have to catch it and dribble with it, it's going to feel kind of different." 

The decision for Batum to play, and not rest, was a "joint decision" according to Batum, though ultimately, he admitted, the it is his call.

Batum is averaging 13.5 points per game to go along with his 5 assists and 6 rebounds per game this season.