Report: Nicolas Batum (Ankle) ‘Most Likely’ to Return for Game 5

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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.

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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.

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.
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Born and raised in South Florida, Justin has always been a passionate Miami Heat fan. An avid supporter from the time Miami got its first championship in 2006 to having a league-worst 15-67 record in 2008 to the whole LeBron James era until now, Justin has seen and stuck through it all. His all-around analysis and heart for the game has made him a premier NBA writer. He writes for a variety of sites but his commitment to the Heat is always top priority.