Jeremy Lin and the Charlotte Hornets just won Game 3 of their series vs. the Miami Heat. On Sunday, they got another good news after NBA rumors that Nicolas Batum could actually recover from his ankle injury sooner than expected and rejoin the Hornets in their best-of-seven first round NBA playoffs match-up against Dwyane Wade, Hassan Whiteside and company.
“Surprisingly much better than when it happened like three days ago,” Batum said via the Miami Herald about his ankle injury, which was originally thought to put him on the bench for the rest of the Heat series.
“I improved like a lot. The swelling is way down so I will just keep working on it with like four or five hours of treatment everyday until I get back as fast as possible on the court.”
Without Batum, Jeremy Lin stepped up for the Hornets with a team-high 18 points in a 96-80 blowout win in Game 3. The Heat grabbed the first two wins in the series with a 123-91 win in Game 1 and 115-103 win in Game 2.
Frank Kaminsky also had a great game with 15 points while star point guard Kemba Walker had 17 points and 7 assists.
Batum said that the Hornets’ performance in Game 3 is motivating him to return to this series early and could rejoin the team Monday.
“You know what, during the game [at] every time out I was telling the trainers like ‘I got to be back Monday, I got to be back Monday, do everything you can to make me [come] back Monday.'” Batum added in the same article.
“I don’t know if I can be back Monday. I don’t know that because my foot is still like huge [swollen]. But I love the crowd, love the excitement and I think we’re back in this series.”
Jeremy Lin, Kemba Walker and the rest of the Hornets still trail the best-of-seven series, 2-1 but Game 4 still in Charlotte where they can tie the first round match-up. Batum hopes he can help these Hornets be on even ground with the Heat before they return to Miami.
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