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NBA Playoffs: Jerryd Bayless will not call Grant Hill old

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Grant Hill looked like he had found the Fountain of Youth right before this series — and it wasn’t just points, he was grabbing boards and creating steals and all the little things the team needs to win.

Oh yea, and he’s blocking shots. Just ask Jerryd Bayless.

NBA Playoffs Suns-Blazers game 4: Batum re-injures shoulder, likely out

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Nicholas Batum did what you are supposed to do for the playoffs — play through it. In game two he injured the shoulder he has had surgery on last year, one that cause caused him to miss 45 games this season, but was able to lift it so he was able to play in game three. It’s the playoffs.

Now he appears done. He re-injured it when fouled by Jason Richardson in the second quarter Thursday; Batum left the game and did not return. After the game he had said that it “hurt a lot.” While he is officially listed as questionable, it is unlikely we will see him soon, maybe not at all during the playoffs.

Martell Webster will pick up the extra minutes and likely the start (he had 14 points but was just 6 of 15 shooting to get that).  Webster had been coming off the bench because Batum was the better perimeter defender (something they could use against the Suns). Combined with the loss of Brandon Roy, the Blazers backcourt is starting to look like the frontcourt in terms of injuries.

I still am not sure what the Blazers did to offend the basketball gods so.

Nicolas Batum a game time decision for Blazers… but he'll play

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An MRI machine is an insanely expensive piece of equipment, but the Portland Trail Blazers certainly are getting their money’s worth out of theirs this year.

The latest news to come out of the machine is good for Portland — Nicolas Batum did no serious damage to his shoulder in game two of the series with Phoenix, according to the Oregonian. It is just a strain, and officially it is a game-time decision as to whether he plays tonight in game three.

He’s going to play. If this were the regular season, he’d sit. But this is the playoffs, he plays. It’s really not more complicated than that. Batum said he had a 75 percent chance of playing, that’s too low.

The injury occurred when Batum and Steve Nash collided going for a loose ball late in the third quarter. Because Batum had surgery on that shoulder earlier in the season, there was caution. But with a clear MRI, it’s time to get it on.