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Report: Nicolas Batum (Ankle) ‘Most Likely’ to Return for Game 5
- Updated: April 27, 2016
If you thought the Miami Heat were going to catch a break coming home for Game 5, well you were wrong.
Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum, who missed Games 3 and 4 with a left ankle sprain, went through shootaround and will most likely play tonight.
Clifford says @hornets Nic Batum participated in shootaround and will most likely play tonight.
— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) April 27, 2016
Batum, a usual starter for the Hornets, may come off the bench tonight but it certainly won’t affect his impact on the game. The swingman has been one of the best players on the Hornets this season, rounding up averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists a game.
Batum: I expect to play tonight. He wanted to play game 4, asked Clifford to come off the bench tonight so he doesn't "mess up" the mojo.
— Michael Stern (@michaeljstern23) April 27, 2016
The Heat did not take advantage of Batum’s absence in Charlotte as the Hornets tied up the series at two games apiece. Now, they’ll have to worry about an already confident Hornets team with the addition of Batum back in the lineup.