Oct 21

Fear Not, It's Not Nic's Shoulder

By caseyholdahl Posted in: Nuggets, Blazers, NicolasBatum, injuries, MarcusCamby, 2010trainingcamp
Nicolas Batum, With a horde of media crowded around his locker, knew the question was coming, so rather than waiting for someone to ask it, he just came right out with the answer.

"It's not my shoulder."

Fans of the Trail Blazers will know Batum was referencing his right shoulder, the same shoulder that caused him to miss the first half of the 2009-10 season and was re-aggrivated during last season's playoff series against the Phoenix Suns. But according to Batum, that shoulder wasn't the reason why he sat on the bench with an ice pack wrapped around the right side of his upper body during the fourth quarter of Portland's 90-83 victory against the Denver Nuggets.

Officially dubbed as a sore trapezius muscle by the team doctors, Batum said after the game that the injury was nothing serious and that he would have continued to play if it were a regular season game.

When I turn my head I feel it," said Batum, who finished the night with 11 points, two rebounds and two steals in 20 minutes, "but no big deal."

Batum said he "stretched it a little bit" while trying to take a charge, which is one of the many bittersweet moments that go along with playing preseason games.
You like to see a guy go out and give 100 percent, but you'd rather not see a player put himself in harms way in a game that doesn't count for anything.

In positive injury news, Marcus Camby, who was listed as out after practice on Wednesday, played and played well Thursday night against the Nuggets, grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds in 33 minutes.

"It felt good to get a win," said Camby. "Last night I got a call from coach about 9 PM, said they let (Raymond) Sykes and Big (Steven) Hill go and they needed me to go with LA being our only big. Came out here and we got the win."

Not that there weren't moments of trepidation for Portland's only healthy center. Camby, playing in his 15th season, took a couple of nasty-looking spills while patrolling the paint. And though he said he wasn't worried about take a few falls, he could tell some of the others in attendance weren't as carefree.

"I thought everybody else probably was (worried) considering what's been happening around this team," said Camby. "I'm fine. Got a couple day to prepare for Phoenix and everybody is looking forward to Tuesday night."


  1. whew, not that we need be worried about more Blazers gettin' hurt or anything.

    by Tobyus Sanchezo on 10/21/2010 9:59 PM

  2. Casey:

    Thank you for the update on Nic. So basically he had a stiff neck. Not down playing it by any means. A stiff neck makes you feel absolutely horrible. I am just glad it is not a long injury.

    Camby on the court was fantastic. BRoy and Dre getting their act together were more positives.

    Now we get to start the regular season with our starting five in tack, with Matthews, Dante and Rudy giving us great back-up.

    I have been ranting on the Blazers lack of effort, but there was no harm done by not playing hard. From the fan's point of view it was disgusting because we knew they could play better. I just didn't realize how much our team needs bigs to get rebounds. LMA did fine against GS, but when he got in foul trouble the game was over.

    Thanks again for the update Casey

    by Hg on 10/22/2010 4:41 AM
  3. Glad to hear the news about Nic and it was awesome to see Camby out there. Great hustle by the team! Ready for the "real" games to begin!!

    by RedRudy5 on 10/22/2010 9:49 AM
  4. Very excited to hear it is not his shoulder. If we are to take the next step, Batum will have to be on the floor healthy for that to happen.

    by DHawes22 on 10/22/2010 12:32 PM
  5. Thank you Casey

    by LTG on 10/22/2010 4:56 PM
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