Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum suffered an avulsion fracture of his left middle finger during the fourth quarter of the team's 101-99 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. He is listed as "probable" for Tuesday night's road game against the Sacramento Kings.
Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com first reported the fracture on Twitter.
Batum suffered the injury when he committed his fifth foul with 21 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. During post-game comments, Batum said that the injury occurred when he got his finger caught in Michael Carter-Williams' jersey, and cameras showed the finger being popped back into place before he fouled out with 14 seconds to play.
"I figured out five or 10 seconds after it happened," Batum told Blazersedge. "I saw my finger hurt. I just shake my finger. I was like uh oh, and I rushed to the trainer and he put it back. You don't really care about it when it happens in the action, it was a close game. ... Now, it's getting cold, it kind of hurts."
None of Portland's starters has missed a game this season.
"Maybe because it's the left hand, one finger, it should be OK," Batum told Blazersedge. "Next game is in two days so I should be OK."
Batum finished with four points (on 1-for-9 shooting), 10 rebounds, 10 assists and four turnovers against the Sixers.
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