Blazers F Batum has clear MRI on left knee

The Portland Trail Blazers say an MRI on forward Nicolas Batum's injured left knee is clear and he is day-to-day with a bone bruise.

Batum hurt his knee in the second quarter of Thursday night's 88-78 loss to the Boston Celtics. He had an MRI on Friday morning which showed no damage except for the contusion.

Batum is averaging 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds this season.

It is the second time this week the injury-depleted Trail Blazers have gotten good news about a starter. Earlier this week, an MRI on forward LaMarcus Aldridge's hip also was negative.

The Blazers host San Antonio on Tuesday night.