Hornets forward Nicolas Batum is expected to miss the rest of Charlotte’s first-round series against the Miami Heat, Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes reports.
Batum injured his ankle while stepping on the foot of Justise Winslow during the Hornets’ Game 2 loss to the Heat. The team announced Thursday that Batum will miss Game 3 on Saturday with a strained left foot, and will have treatment and have his status updated prior to Game 4 next week.
Charlotte trails in the series, 2–0.
Batum averaged a career-high 14.9 points per game for the Hornets during the regular season, his first year with the team. Batum shot 34.8% from three and started all 70 of the games he played in.
Batum will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season. In eight seasons with Portland and Charlotte, Batum has averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for his career.