Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum did indeed break his nose in last night’s 103-98 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, his agent Bouna Ndiaye informed CSNNW.com Saturday morning. Batum was immediately rushed after the game to get a checkup and the results came back as expected considering he had a noticeable dip in the center of his nose. The team will now seek a protection covering in advance of Sunday’s game against the Houston Rockets, Ndiaye said. The injury occurred in the third quarter when Monta Ellis was called for the offensive foul by clearing out space for the layup attempt and inadvertently elbowed Batum in the face. Despite severe pain, Batum played through the blow.