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Blazers F Nicolas Batum (Concussion) To Sit Wednesday Against Suns

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The Portland Trail Blazers announced Tuesday that forward Nicolas Batum suffered a concussion at practice and will miss Wednesday night's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at the "Moda Center."

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The Portland Trail Blazers announced Tuesday that forward Nicolas Batum suffered a concussion at practice and will miss Wednesday night's preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at the "Moda Center."

Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com reports that Blazers coach Terry Stotts discussed the play that led to the injury.

Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says Batum went up for a dunk attempt and Will Barton tried to contest it, clashing with Batum, sending him crashing into the stanchion behind the basket.

Stotts described it as a "hard fall."

Mike Tokito of The Oregonian reports...

Also Tuesday, forward Nicolas Batum took a hard fall while driving to the basket and was forced to leave the court. Batum was being evaluated, but there was no indication that he suffered a specific injury. 
Batum was going up for a basket at the rim when guard Will Barton rose to challenge the shot, and the two collided. The impact sent Batum into the stanchion, although he was able to walk off the court.

Batum, 24, will be subject to the NBA's concussion protocol, which was instituted prior to the 2011-12 season. Any player deemed to have suffered a concussion must pass a series of tests and receive clearance from the NBA's concussion program director, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, before returning to action.

Batum had 12 points (on 4-for-8 shooting), 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 28 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers in Portland's preseason opener on Monday night.

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