Integrated into the five major last night against the Bulls, Nicolas Batum took full advantage of the opportunity by scoring 24 points at 8/10 behind the arc. What solidify his new place as holder, he should not leave until the end of the regular season.
In their goal of qualifying directly for the Playoffs by finishing in the Top 6 in the West, the Clippers will rely heavily on the production of Nico Batum. According to Tomer Azarly, who covers the Los Angeles team for ClutchPoints, Batman will be titular in the last six games Clips on a regular basis.
Sources: Nicolas Batum is expected to start for the Clippers for the remainder of the regular season, with Robert Covington taking his spot as the backup 4/5.https://t.co/S5XomeOfLH
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) March 28, 2023
A news confirmed by Tyronn Lue, at a press conference after the game against the Bulls. The LA coach didn’t hesitate for a second when a journalist from the Los Angeles Times asked him if Nicolas was going to stay in the five for the rest of the season.
“Yes, Nico is going to be our 4 starter now. We had to try something different and as I said, Nico played well, I hope he continues like that. With Paul George injured, adding Nico in the five will help us defensively.”
With a Marcus Morris in the hard on both sides of the field for a few weeks and the end of the season is approaching, Lue felt that Batum represented a better solution for the balance of the five majors, today deprived of injured Paul George. An initiative validated by Morris, and consolidated by Batman’s performance yesterday (24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals). We all know Nico’s versatility, his ability to make the game smoother and his defensive qualities, but when he adds eight more 3-point baskets like Monday night, that’s all good for the Clippers. This great performance is in line with the last outings of Batman, author of two consecutive games at 4/6 behind the arc before his explosion against the Bulls.
It remains to be seen if this promotion will last beyond the regular season. We know that in the Playoffs, the starting lineups can depend a lot on the match-ups, and therefore Ty Lue cannot guarantee a titu spot in Batum for the postseason. On the other hand, given the versatility of Batman and the absence of Paul George, there is no doubt that Nicolas will have an important role to play for the success of his team.
Sources texte : ClutchPoints, Los Angeles Times