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NBA notebook: Blazers forward to miss game with sore knee

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 1 2012 12:27 a.m. MST

Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Salt Lake City. The Utah Jazz won 93-89. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart)

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum has a left knee bone contusion that will keep him out of tonight's game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The results of an MRI on Tuesday show no breaks or tears in Batum's knee, which he injured late in the Blazers' 93-89 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Batum had to be helped off the court and the injury appeared to be serious.

The 6-foot-8 forward from France welcomed the results of the MRI.

"When I came home and saw the video, it was like, 'I'm done for the season,' " Batum told reporters at the Blazers' practice facility. "I couldn't sleep last night."

Blazers coach Nate McMillan was also relieved.

"Looking at it on tape last night it looked like that knee really buckled," the coach said.

Batum is averaging 11.4 points and 4.1 rebounds off the bench this season with the Blazers.

He was initially concerned that his status for the Olympics in London this summer may be in jeopardy. Fellow French national team member Tony Parker texted him after seeing the injury.

France has already earned a berth in the London Games.

Batum will be reevaluated after the Charlotte game and is considered day-to-day. He said he'll travel with the Blazers to Sacramento for a game Thursday night, but is unsure if he'll play.

CAVALIERS' GUARD REMAINS SIDELINED: Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson could be sidelined for a few more days with a neck infection that landed him in a Boston hospital.

Gibson was released Tuesday from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with a "soft tissue" infection in his neck. Gibson stayed behind after the team played the Celtics on Sunday night. The 25-year-old is being treated with antibiotics.

Cavs coach Byron Scott said Gibson will undergo more tests Wednesday in Cleveland.

"He's feeling a lot better," Scott said before the Cavs hosted the Celtics. "I do know the Cleveland Clinic (doctors) are going to do more tests to make sure everything is OK. But other than that, we're just glad he's OK."

Scott said Gibson's return to the floor will be determined after he's evaluated by team doctors. The Cavs play at Orlando on Friday and host Dallas on Saturday.

With both Gibson and Anthony Parker (back) out, rookie Mychel Thompson made his first career start at shooting guard against the Celtics.

Thompson played the entire fourth quarter in Cleveland's comeback win on Sunday in Boston, and Scott was impressed with the youngster's poise.

"He'll be fine with the veterans we have out there," Scott said of Thompson, whose father, Mychal, was a No. 1 overall pick and played 12 seasons in the NBA. "I thought he was excited to get in and play. When I called his name I looked dead at him and didn't get the deer-in-the-headlights look. He just took his shirt off like he was ready to go and he went out there and played that way."

Parker doesn't know when he'll be back. He's had a back issue for several weeks and he aggravated the ailment in the first quarter on Sunday.

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