Charlotte Hornets guard Nic Batum is constantly aggravating his left elbow injury, and it is significantly affecting his performance. Batum detailed the situation in an exclusive interview with the Observer Saturday, following the Hornets’ 110-99 home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Batum played, despite being listed as doubtful for that game, but he sat out the fourth quarter due to the pain he’s experiencing. “Since I got back three weeks ago, it’s really, really bothered my game. It’s really bothered me,” Batum told the Observer. “It’s (affected) my performance. I can’t be myself. “When I’m out there, I know what to do, but I can’t do it.” Batum tore a ligament in his left elbow during the Hornets’ first preseason exhibition Oct. 4 in Detroit. There was concern he would require surgery that would likely have ended his season. However, a specialist in Dallas diagnosed Batum and determined he could recover through rehabilitation. He missed six weeks before playing his first regular-season game Nov. 15 in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Batum has made 12 starts since then. He missed a game in Cleveland Nov. 24 with more soreness in his elbow. He is averaging 10.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds. His shooting has been poor: 37 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range.
Hornets’ Nic Batum on severity of elbow pain: ‘I can’t be myself’
Charlotte Observer | Dec 11