Feb 04

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.”


  1. A road open to be the champions in a near future, ifeverybody begins to play seriously -and collectively- as Nicolas -the frenchie- did. A rose is a win.

    by sopadeajo on 2/5/2012 12:29 AM
  2. WOW! im not saying this because of batum's disneyland fairytale night, im saying this because once again this win is not justified. the blazers played well almost 2 quarters, they started to slip a little towards the end of the 2nd quarter then 3rd quarter looked exactly how they have been playing all year. get a big lead on a team and start to get bored and laxed then let the opponent as mike rice said have "new life." going back to batum's wonderous night, why isnt he doing that every night for us. i saw one three pointer where he just jacked it up and walked off before while it was still in the air with all the confidence in the world knowing it was going in. give us this performance on the road batum and maybe ill believe you are consistent. i am not happy about this win, but many will be, so until they show that this kind of play and following nate's game plan can be done on the road its going to be home wins all the time. these same nuggets are better on the road than at home, we need some of their mojo obviously.

    by Imwytdashyt Epps on 2/5/2012 8:27 AM
  3. Hey Miss Sarah: I was one of them that missed the great game. I did record it though and just finished watching it. IMO, we played great for the whole game. Denver made their runs as I knew they would because the are a great offensive team, but kept our poise and withstood the charge. GW is going to have to shoot more on the road and JC is going to have to shoot less LOL. I thought Jamal with his assist was a much better Jamal then the shooting contested threes Jamal; even if he makes them he misses enough to let the opponents run it back at us. Mike and Mike says Gerald is a 50% shooter on the road but just doesn't shoot as much. What is your take on that. How do you feel about tomorrow nights game against OKC? I know OKC will want to even the score. We don't have the luxury to marvel on this game. it is already time for the next game.

    by Hg on 2/5/2012 11:02 AM
  4. By saying "a rose is a win" i meant -of course- "a win is a win is a win" as we all know, literary, roses are. In short it could be said that "a win is a rose", but
    what´s a rose when a win is brilliant ? And what must be done to generalize this win to many brilliant, but also effective, more than shiny, wins ?
    Good win anyway and good player, this small Nicolas..

    by sopadeajo on 2/5/2012 11:48 AM
  5. I was at the game, and it was amazing! I almost lost my voice cheering! :) Nic has been my favorite Blazer since last season, and I am super glad that he had such an great game. It's wierd for me to go to the RG and watch a game, because the players are sooooooo small on my TV...haha :) I have to compliment everyone on their defense, though. I know I sound like a broken record, but the great defense that the guys played lead to Nic and others getting great open shots. When we were riding the MAX up to the game from the Llyod Center, I jokingly told my dad that we were going to blow Denver out. He laughed, and said that that probably wouldn't happen. I replied "All right, we'll SEMI-blow them out." Good to see 'Dre and Rudy playing well, but I was right-we semi blew them out. (sorry this is so long!)

    by dancegirl on 2/5/2012 5:56 PM
  6. When a three is on the way from Batum, I want to hear one of the Mike's go, "ba,ba,ba,ba" and when it goes through the hoop "TOOOOOM". Practice it so that I can hear it tonight against OKC. Great game last Saturday. From the second of Batum's threes to the last, I was doing that in Secton 307.

    by RWRoeder on 2/6/2012 8:44 AM
  7. incredible night from Nico, and he deserves all the accolades. great to see him hitting the only shot he really felt comfortable taking. i hope he can continue to do this sort of thing on a regular basis.

    i am concerned about tonight's game, and going forward. i hope his knee is only getting better and that he'll be able to be productive in all areas of his game. maybe it will take a little more time, but i think it's been proven that we need Nico in the lineup.

    ~ KMM

    by Kassandra on 2/6/2012 3:11 PM
  8. I agree with you, Kassandra-I think that Nic needs to get on court more. I have NBA 2K12 at home, and I have to start Nic to get him good minutes, otherwise he never plays for more then 5 minutes. I know he plays more then that at the RG, but he could be the difference maker in road games...

    by dancegirl on 2/6/2012 4:38 PM
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