Hopefully this hasn't already been posted. Bleacher Report: Nicolas Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers are making noise in the Western Conference. He and Jamal Crawford have made Portland's bench one of the best in the NBA. After starting most of the season last year, Batum has found a way to be more efficient now that he's coming off the bench, with similar scoring numbers in decreased minutes. He exploded for 33 points in just 25 minutes on Feb. 4 against the Nuggets and will be an integral part of the Blazers' playoff run this season.