A broken finger isn’t going to stop Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum.
The French native suffered the break during Portland’s recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers and there was speculation that Batum could miss time with the injury, but he’s not interested in hearing that.
In fact, Batum comes from the old school ‘rub some dirt on it’ mentality as he’s simply going to play with a cast for the next six weeks:
Nicolas Batum (broken left middle finger) says he can’t really dribble with his left hand. He’s listed as probable for Tuesday’s game.
Having to play with a finger cast isn’t as bad as it sounds for Batum as he’s not somebody who often dribbles the ball, so he doesn’t need to worry much there.
Granted, I’m sure it won’t exactly be the easiest thing for Batum to do, but it’s much better than missing a few weeks of action considering how valuable he is to the team.
Of course, I don’t imagine he’ll be thinking that the next time an opponent slams down their hand on the injury.