Nicolas Batum And Co. On His Record-Breaking Night
By sarahhecht Posted in: NicolasBatum
If you missed the Trail Blazers demolish the Denver Nuggets 117-97 on Saturday night, prepare to kick yourself. To say you missed a great game would be an understatement. Nicolas Batum lit up the Rose Garden like the Fourth of July as he set a new franchise record for three-pointers made in a single game with nine, set a new individual career-high at 33 and was the high-scorer of the game for the first time this season.
Here’s what the Frenchie had to say post-game about his monster performance:
And this is what he looked like doing it. So fresh, so clean.
Finally, I’ll leave you with what Batum, who was all smiles, had to say in the locker room after his stellar game. It’s too good not to share verbatim.
Batum on if he would play tonight
“I don’t know if I gonna play or not this morning. This morning after practice, after shoot around. Talked with the coach and I ran and it was feeling pretty good, so okay lets try. Lets try tonight and I think it was a good choice.” (chuckling)
Batum on why he shot so many three-pointers
“When I came in I was like don’t hurt your knee. Don’t be crazy, don’t be crazy. All I could do today was shoot from three point line. That’s it. I try to drive, I try to dunk it, I couldn’t even dunk. I missed a wide open layup, so all I could do today was shoot from three point line. Shoot 15 three points today, that’s all I could do.”
“I couldn’t even jump, no joke. That’s why all I could do today is shoot from the three point line, that’s it. And play defense a little bit.”
Batum on his best performance in the Rose Garden this year
“Personally, at home this season I have bad games. I don’t play well at home this year. That my first good game I think this year in the Rose Garden. I play well on the road, but never in the Rose Garden. That maybe my first game and it feel great, it feel good, very good.”
Batum on the Rose Garden crowd pushing him to continue shooting
“You got the best fan in the NBA, really. And when you start two, three, three-point in a row you feel like 20,000 people behind you and they want you to keep shooting. And so when I got the ball I heard from the crowd ‘Shoot it! Shoot it!’ So I shoot it, keep shooting. Anytime they say ‘Shoot it Batum, shoot it! You’re gonna make it! Keep shooting!’ I hit seven, I need eight.”
Batum on Head Coach Nate McMillan riding the hot hand
“At first I was startled, he call a play for me like six time in a row. And I was like ‘sub.’ I don’t play, my knee was sore. It was hurting me, so I like ‘yeah, I’m done right now. Take me out please.’”
LaMarcus Aldridge on Batum’s career night
“Career high, he played great. I was definitely trying to find him. He got hot for us at the right time and just kept it going.”
Gerald Wallace on Batum’s career night
“He can shoot, I already know that. I have to contest all his shots in practice everyday so I already know what he can do. Like I said I was just impressed by him doing it with a banged up knee. That makes it even more impressive to me.”