Nicolas Batum to wear finger splint

Updated: January 7, 2014, 10:21 AM ET
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Nicolas Batum will wear a protective splint on his left middle finger for the next six weeks, a measure that will allow the Portland Trail Blazers forward to play despite an avulsion fracture to the finger.

Batum plans to play Tuesday against the Sacramento Kings, meaning the Blazers will have the same starting lineup for the 35th consecutive game.

Although the injury to Batum marks the first health scare to Portland's starting lineup, the Blazers' bench could receive ...

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