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Blazers’ Nicolas Batum injures knee in final minute of loss

Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

DENVER - DECEMBER 28: Nicolas Batum #88 of the Portland Trail Blazers awaits a free throw against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on December 28, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Blazers 95-77. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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We don’t know the severity of this yet, but if you watch the video it doesn’t look good.

Down two with 30 seconds left against the Utah Jazz, Portland’s Nicolas Batum drives across the lane and tries to turn the corner on C.J. Miles and as he does his knee buckles. There was no contact to speak of, it was more like his foot slipped a little and his knee just gave out.

Batum went to the floor grabbing his knee. When play stopped the trainer came out and he instantly went to the locker room. He had 15 points up to then in the game, including four threes, but he brings a lot more to the Blazers than that as he is one of the better perimeter defenders in the league.

Post game coach Nate McMillan said he did not yet know the severity, reports It will be Tuesday before we get reports from the MRI that is coming.

Hope it’s not as bad as it looked. The Blazers just seemed cursed with injuries, it’s not fair.