According to CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes, Portland Trail Blazers star Nicolas Batum broke the middle finger on his left (non-shooting) hand during Saturday’s 101-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Confirming the injury after the game, Batum told reporters he broke the finger while he was trying to guard Philadelphia’s Evan Turner on an inbounds plays with 14 seconds left in the contest. Batum, however, doesn’t plan on missing any playing time:
It just got caught up in his jersey. I didn’t really realize it until five or ten seconds after it happened when I shook my hand around.
It’s one finger on my left hand, so I should be OK.
When officially reporting the injury after the game, the Trail Blazers labeled the injury an “avulsion fracture.” (Fun fact that is in no way relevant: Dinosaurs are thought to have suffered avulsion injuries. The more you know!)
Batum is listed as probable for Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings.