Posted by Ben Golliver
Update (Tuesday): The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Tuesday that Batum's MRI revealed a left bone contusion. Batum is listed as out for Wednesday's home game against the Charlotte Bobcats and he will be re-evaluated later this week. Batum is currently listed as day-to-day.
Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum suffered a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of a loss to the Utah Jazz at Energy Solutions Arena on Monday night. In the game's closing minute, Batum, who was defended by Jazz forward C.J. Miles, drove to his right towards the basket when his left knee appeared to give out, causing him to fall to the court in evident pain.
Batum was helped to the locker room by the team's trainer, Jay Jensen, and will undergo an MRI on his left knee upon his return to Portland on Tuesday.
The Oregonian reported that Batum said after the game that he felt pain "in his left knee, on the outside, near his kneecap" and that he said he "[didn't] think it will be too bad."
The Blazers next play on Wednesday night, when they will host the Charlotte Bobcats at the Rose Garden.
Batum, a 23-year-old small forward from France, is averaging 11.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game off of Portland's bench this season.
Last week, the Blazers were unable to agree on a contract extension with Batum, a first round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, and he is on track to become a restricted free agent this summer.
Here's the video of Blazers forward Nicolas Batum's left knee injury.