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Update: Blazers F Nicolas Batum Suffered Nasal Contusion In Loss To Mavericks

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum suffered a nasal contusion during a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.


Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum took a blow to the face from Mavericks guard Monta Ellis during Portland's 103-98 loss to Dallas on Friday night.

The Blazers announced Saturday that Batum suffered a nasal contusion on the play and is not expected to miss time.

However, the injury led to some conflicting reports on Friday and Saturday as follows.

Chris Haynes of reports on Saturday that Batum suffered a broken nose on the play.

Nicolas Batum did indeed break his nose in last night's 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, his agent Bouna Ndiaye informed Saturday morning.

Batum was immediately rushed after the game to get a checkup and the results came back as expected considering he had a noticeable dip in the center of his nose.

Later, Haynes clarified on Twitter...

Blazers Nicolas Batum suffered nasal contusion on top of preexisting fracture he sustained from playing with his National Team.

On Friday night after the game, Batum's status had been unclear.

Joe Freeman of The Oregonian reported on Friday night that Batum said his nose wasn't broken.

Nicolas Batum strolled down a dimly lit hallway behind the scenes of American Airlines Center on Friday night, sporting a larger-than-normal nose and an intense scowl on his face.

He had been whisked away from the Trail Blazers' locker room for X-rays and was heading toward the team bus when someone asked: "Is your nose broken?"

"No," he said, shaking his head.

Casey Holdahl of reported on Twitter...

I'm no doctor, but Nic Batum's nose sure looks like it might be broken.

Nic Batum was adamant that, if his nose is broken, he's not wearing a mask. Says he's broken his nose twice and didn't need a mask.

There has been no official update yet from the team and nothing to indicate yet that Batum will miss time.

Update (1:36 PM): The Blazers passed on an official update.

A media report citing that Portland F Nicolas Batum sustained a broken nose in Friday's game at Dallas is inaccurate.

To clarify, Batum sustained a nasal contusion and is expected to play Sunday at Houston.

Portland's next game is set for Sunday against the Rockets in Houston.

Batum, 25, is averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 35.8 minutes per game over 62 appearances this season. He has yet to miss a game this season.

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter