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Rufus on Fire May 20, 2016

Looking back at Nicolas Batum - Cody Zeller pick-and-rolls

Cody Zeller ranks 5th in the league for the 2015-16 regular season in points per possession (1.22) as the roll man in the pick-and-roll. The big man can thank Nicolas Batum for that, without whom on the court Zeller's field goal percentage drops by 8.2%. The majority of my thoughts on Cody Zeller's season were already included in the season review/Charlotte Hornets playoff preview piece "Cody Zeller needs to run like hell in the 2016 NBA Playoffs". This particular "Looking back" entry, however, will strictly focus on The Big Handsome's pick-and-rolls with Nicolas Batum. As already...
Rufus on Fire May 11, 2016

Nicolas Batum allowed the Charlotte Hornets to thrive offensively this season

Batum's addition helped revolutionize Charlotte's offense, with many of his teammates benefiting from his playmaking abilities. It's cliche to say a player makes the game look easy, but Nicolas Batum encompassed this in 2015-16. Where others perform through aggressive and explosive play, Batum excelled through fluidity and a bit of grace. Like many, the game came easy to him, but his style of play encapsulated it. Players that can affect the game in multiple ways are highly sought, and the Charlotte Hornets needed one heading into the 2015-16 season. That player came to be Batum, acquired...
CelticsBlog May 9, 2016

Al Horford and Nicolas Batum sound like guys staying put in free agency

Actions speak louder than words, but... Al Horford and Nicolas Batum are free agents at exactly the right time to be a free agent.  Both are All Stars and both will likely command max contracts on the open market.  Both are also players that the Celtics would likely take a long look at in free agency.  That is if they ever seriously hit the market. Horford and Batum are both done with the playoffs now and of course they were asked about their free agency plans.  It sounds like both of them have an eye towards staying in their current cities, which is pretty smart since both can sign for...
At The Hive May 4, 2016

Charlotte Hornets GM Rich Cho confirms re-signing Nicolas Batum a "No. 1 priority"

Rich Cho spoke today at an end-of-season media availability and made it clear re-signing Batum is a top priority for the Hornets. Rich Cho, general manager of the Charlotte Hornets, confirmed today that re-signing Nicolas Batum is the team's "No. 1 priority" heading into the offseason, he said at an end-of-season media availability. Cho acquired Batum last summer in a trade that sent Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh to the Portland Trail Blazers. His contract expires on July 1, 2016, making him an unrestricted free agent — and one that many, many teams around the league will make a pitch...
Rufus on Fire May 3, 2016

How everything fell apart for the Charlotte Hornets in Game 7

The Charlotte Hornets played Game 7 exhausted and overwhelmed after putting their best foot forward in Game 6. They simply didn't have the health or energy to go another 48 minutes. It's hard to follow a 33-point beatdown with thoughtful analysis about what exactly went wrong. In games like that, one of the teams usually isn't ready to match the intensity of their opposition. Sunday's game looked very much like that. It seems like the Hornets put their best foot forward in Game 6 and didn't have the health and/or energy to go another 48 minutes. Nicolas Batum was visibly hobbled after...
Blazersedge May 2, 2016

Nicolas Batum: Charlotte Trusted Me, Allowed Me to Play My Way

Nicolas Batum gave a positive review of his new squad in Charlotte after the Hornets were eliminated from the playoffs. Former Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum is not likely to return to the Rose City any time soon. In a season-closing interview with the Charlotte Observer, Batum told writer Rick Bonnell, "It was a pretty cool year. First time I got to play like I want to in eight years in the NBA." "When I came here they let me know they wanted me to be one of the (top) two options with Kemba Walker," Batum said. "I liked that. I like that they trusted me." Batum expressed a...

Charlotte's Batum will play in Game 7, Hawes questionable

Charlotte's Nicolas Batum has been hampered by a sprained left ankle throughout the Hornets series against the Heat, but injury and all, he'll attempt to play in Sunday's Game 7. Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said ahead of Sunday's game that while the Hornets don't know how effective Batum will...
At The Hive Apr 27, 2016

Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Game 5 how to watch and game info

Here's everything you need to know to watch this tonight's game. The Charlotte Hornets evened their series with the Miami Heat at 2-2 on Monday, and have an opportunity to take a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 should they win tonight in South Florida. And with Nicolas Batum probably returning from his ankle injury tonight, they have a good chance to do just that. Here's everything you need to know to watch today's game: Who: Hornets (6) at Heat (3) What: Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs, series tied at 2-2 Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL When: 8 p.m. EST Network: Fox Sports...
Queen City Hoops Apr 27, 2016

Game #5: Hornets-Heat 2-on-3 Preview

Latest Injury update: Clifford says @hornets Nic Batum participated in shootaround and will most likely play tonight. — Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) April 27, 2016 It sounds like Nic Batum will play tonight, but he has asked to come off the bench so the teams chemistry isn’t thrown off. ____________________________________________________________________________ 1- It looked like the Hornets had been left for […]
Rufus on Fire Apr 27, 2016

Charlotte Hornets' Nicolas Batum may return for Game 5

Coach Clifford said Batum may return for Game 5 tonight. Batum missed two games — both wins, at home — with an ankle sprain. With the team back in Miami, how can Batum help the Hornets grab a 3-2 lead in the series? Nicolas Batum will participate in pre-game warm-ups and may return for Game 5 tonight, Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said after shoot-around today. Batum said his ankle is "sore, but manageable" and that he expects to play tonight, according to Sun Sentinel's Christy Chirinos. Batum missed two games for the Hornets while recovering from a sprained ankle. Both...

Hornets' Batum intends to play in critical Game 5 vs. Heat

MIAMI – Officially, the Hornets say that Nicolas Batum is a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday’s critical game five against the Heat. The expectation, though, is that ankle and all, Batum will play as Charlotte – who has won two straight in this best-of-seven series – tries to steal a game on...

Nic Batum expected to be available for Hornets off the bench in Game 5

The Charlotte Hornets expect to have starting swingman Nic Batum available for Game 5 off the bench. Clifford says @hornets Nic Batum participated in shootaround and will most likely play tonight. — Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) April 27, 2016 Batum,...

2016 NBA playoffs: Hornets say Nic Batum plans to play Game 5

Charlotte might add to the momentum it already has by bringing back injured forward Nic Batum for Game 5 tonight. Hornets coach Steve Clifford said at this morning’s shootaround that Batum, who has been out two ...
Canis Hoopus Apr 25, 2016

NBA Playoffs: Heat at Hornets, Mavericks at Thunder, Clippers at Blazers

Three games on tonight's slate, with one possible series close-out. Heat at Hornets6:00 pm CDTNBA TV The Hornets got one back at home in game three and will try to even up the series tonight at home. They will be without Nicolas Batum who is out with a foot injury. The Hornets won game three despite their own poor shooting by turning the ball over only three times, making their free throws, and forcing the Heat into an even worse shooting night. After two extremely hot shooting nights at home, the Heat finally fell back to earth with a thud in game three, managing only 34% from the field....

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