Reports: Blazers F Nicolas Batum (Shoulder) Has "No Timeline" But Could Return This Season

Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum could make a return from a shoulder injury this season.

Earlier this week, Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum indicated that he was suffering from a right shoulder injury that could keep him out for the rest of the 2012-13 season.

On Friday, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said that Batum will not play against the Houston Rockets but that a return this season is still possible.

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian reports on Twitter...

Stotts said Batum's "a little bit better. We'll continue to monitor it. There's no timeline. If he's healthy and ready to play, he'll play."

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports on Twitter...

Terry Stotts says Batum (shoulder) feeling better but not ready. Says there's no timeline on return. He expects him to return this season.

There are seven games remaining over the next 12 days in Portland's regular season schedule. The Blazers will soon be mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

Batum, 24, has averaged 14.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 block per game. Batum has played the fourth-most minutes of any player in the league, trailing only Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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