Report: Nicolas Batum (foot) expected to miss rest of first round vs. Heat

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Report: Nicolas Batum expected to miss rest of first round vs. Heat
Thursday April 21st, 2016

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Hornets forward Nicolas Batum is expected to miss the rest of Charlotte’s first-round series against the Miami Heat,’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.

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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.

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