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Batum makes Blazers season debut

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Forward Nicolas Batum made his season
debut for the Portland Trail Blazers after missing the first half
of the season because of right shoulder surgery.

Batum got a standing ovation when he entered the Blazers' game
against the New Orleans Hornets on Monday night.

Batum was expected to start for Portland this season but he had
surgery shortly before the opener.

Batum, who is French, appeared in 79 games as a rookie last
season, starting 76. He averaged 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds while
earning praise for his defensive ability.