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  1. BlazerManiac
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    Posted 10/18/2012 7:01 AM

    1 for 8 in 23 minutes, impressive
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  1. commontongue
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    Posted 10/18/2012 2:30 PM

    Maybe he needs  motivation. Coming off the bench may do the trick.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 10/18/2012 6:57 PM

    This is petty.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 10/19/2012 6:19 AM

    OK just stop it. We know Batum can bring it. The Small Forward position isn't a stat machine, unless you're a ballhog like Carmelo Anthony. If Batum is going to miss a bunch of shots, then it's best he gets the bugs out in preseason.
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  1. riverman
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    Posted 10/19/2012 10:39 AM

    Our vets are playing spot minutes and not taking risks in preseason. Wouldn't be very bright to see injuries to any of them come regular season. LaMarcus commented on this. Stotts said before preseason that toward the end of preseason the starters would get more burn to develop chemistry. Pace yourself folks! They're going to surprise you when it counts
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  1. Blazer247
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    Posted 10/19/2012 1:28 PM

    Not to mention that despite Nico's lack of point, he contributed on a good number of plays, both ends of the floor, including some nice assists and would've had a few more if the recipient had completed their end.

    Give it some time, Batum will be a solid #2 option behind LaMarcus very soon. When both of them are getting feeds from Dame, it's gonna be a thing of beauty.
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/19/2012 5:22 PM

    Its preseason......Aldridge are best player has been shooting what 4-15 , 5-15 

    its just preseason 
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/21/2012 11:06 AM

    I still want to see more assertiveness out of Nicolas. He's our 2nd/3rd option on offense, I don't think expecting 16-18 points per game is out of the question.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 10/21/2012 5:54 PM

    Yeah, we certainly all want to see more out of Nic, but I still find it petty to make a public hooplah out of every bad game he has. Notice nobody posted on here or created a new thread for his 15 and 4 game against GS. It's not all star numbers, but it's a solid 2nd-option contribution. I just don't dig the negative perspective that points out every failing and ignores every success. It's just not the way to be a fan.
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  1. postedbailblazers
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    Posted 10/21/2012 10:14 PM

    Are people expecting a different Nicolas Batum this year?  We might not get that.  He might be different by being worse.  Hard to predict.  We knew well what he was and still forked out the cash.  This is the same stuff he did all last year.  Mediocre most of the time with some outlier games where he would go off or totally suck.

    I think he will have a similar year to last year.  He's a bread and butter guy, not a control the game guy or a finisher guy.  He may never be.  If he ever becomes an all star, I don't see it happening for another 3-4 years.  But it IS possible.  Hopefully he's a Blazer when and if it happens.
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  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 10/22/2012 6:56 PM

    Here are the averages I expect Nic to get to: 17 ppg, 6 rpg, and 2.5 apg, 1 spg, 1 bpg.

    He's capable of better, but that's my realistic expectation.

    Guys with similar averages are Caron Butler, Jason Terry, Michael Beasley, and isn't much worse than Igoudala. Those are guys I would pay a lot of money to. Maybe not 46.5 million, but a lot of money.

    Hopefully it gets to 20+, 8, 4, 1.5, and 1.5... but those are All Star numbers. You can't bribe someone into being an All Star, so if that's your expectation... get a little more perspective.
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 10/22/2012 7:27 PM

    Blazermaniac-"I don't hate Batum, just every word that comes out of my keyboard is hate for Batum."
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/22/2012 9:05 PM

    Batum 
    27 pts , 2 assists, 2 reb, 3 steals, shooting 9-15

    impressive
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  1. Siccolo
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    Posted 10/22/2012 9:06 PM

    in 28 minutes may i add
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  1. Tycoon
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    Posted 10/23/2012 1:50 AM

    Indeed, Siccolo. 
    Great game by the way.

    Stop hating on Batum. The guy is a beast and doesn't have to prove anything to you or any of us.

    Although I'm hoping for a breakout season for him under Stotts and along side our new squad. ^^
    In my opinion, the Jazz game was just a little taste of what he is truly capable of. 
    He's still real young and has shown improvement every year since he's been a Blazer.

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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 10/23/2012 8:10 AM

    Posted By Siccolo on 10/22/2012 9:05 PM
    Batum 
    27 pts , 2 assists, 2 reb, 3 steals, shooting 9-15

    impressive

    Nico is going to flourish under Stotts and Lillard passing the rock....... and I am so stoked, I can't even hear the haters and their chatter bla bla bla

    3 swipes and silky smooth stroke... did most of the line in the first quarter 

    Bring on the Lakers
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  1. D Licious
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    Posted 10/23/2012 8:13 AM

    500/400/900 if he does that and guards the best wing every night and plays 82 games..... haters will have to label Batum elite SM and worth every pennie... time will tell but I am betting on Nic to flourish under Stotts
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  1. schwabbii
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    Posted 10/23/2012 5:20 PM

    Funny that the haters don't come and talk about this past game. Batum looked aggressive and his stroke was on for sure.
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  1. postedbailblazers
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    Posted 10/23/2012 8:05 PM

    Another factor that may significantly effect Nic's stats this year are the play of his fellow starters.  Lillard may be taking more shots than our former PG.  Hickson will take more shots than our former C.  Mathews will hopefully be more efficient (as he looks to be after this preseason) and possibly be a bigger part of the offense.  If Nic scores less this year but his shot % improves, I will be satisfied and feel like we're getting our monies' worth.  It's a team game and we need him to play his role well, not necessarily to carry us.
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