Los Angeles – Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum will miss the team's remaining two games of the season to rest his sore right shoulder, his agent Bouna Ndiaye told CSNNW.com.
The 6-8 small forward had an appointment Monday morning in Los Angeles with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the surgeon who performed successful surgery to repair a torn labrum on that same shoulder in October of 2009.
According to Ndiaye, Dr. ElAttrache concluded there was no further damage and that surgery was not required, but rest is.
“He'll be healthy soon,” Ndiaye said. “He just needs to get some rest. The good news is there is no surgery needed. We were glad to hear that.”
Batum injured his shoulder in a 112-102 loss to the Utah Jazz on April 1, and hasn't played since. Head Coach Terry Stotts labeled Batum's condition “plexopathy,” an ailment causing weakness and soreness in his shoulder.
Portland's final two games are against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday and the Golden State Warriors at the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Portland is currently on an 11-game losing streak.
The 24-year-old forward appeared in 73 games during the 2012-13 season and averaged career-highs in points (14.3), rebounds (5.6), assists (4.9), steals (1.2), blocks (1.1) and minutes (38.5).