It was an all-around rough night for the Portland Trail Blazers Friday.
They nearly pulled off an insane comeback, rallying back from a 30-point deficit before falling to the Dallas Mavericks 103-98.
Blazers’ forward Nicolas Batum played 39 minutes in the game, scoring nine points on three-of-eight shooting to go with five rebounds, five assists and two blocks.
He also suffered a broken nose in the game, according to his agent Bouna Ndiaye, who spoke to Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
Batum was immediately rushed after the game to get a checkup and the results came back as expected considering he had a noticeable dip in the center of his nose.
The team will now seek a protection covering in advance of Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets, Ndiaye said.
The injury occurred in the third quarter when Monta Ellis was called for the offensive foul by clearing out space for the layup attempt and inadvertently elbowed Batum in the face. Despite severe pain, Batum played through the blow.
On the season, Batum is averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.