If the Portland Trail Blazers are going to make any noise in the upcoming NBA season, they are going to need health from all of their key players. That health hasn’t gotten off to a good start. Nicolas Batum has been ruled out of Wednesday’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.
Batum suffered the concussion during practice on Wednesday afternoon. He went up for a layup with Will Barton guarding him. The players collided and Batum fell and crashed into the stanchion behind the basket.
Batum is starting to come into his own as an NBA player and will turn 25 in December. Last year was his best season yet, when he averaged 14.3 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and a 15.7 PER.
Health from Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge along with newcomer Robin Lopez and super sophomore Damian Lillard will look to get the Blazers back into the playoffs this coming season. Batum had 12 points in the Blazers first preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday night.
For Batum to be allowed to play again, he will have to pass the NBA’s concussion test. He will also have to be cleared by Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, who is the director of the NBA’s concussion program.