Hornets forward Nicolas Batum says he hasn't ruled himself out for Game 4 of Charlotte's first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat on Monday night.
Batum missed Game 3 with a strained left foot. The Hornets won 96-80 on Saturday night to pull the series to 2-1.
Batum walked around at practice Sunday, his left foot heavily taped, and shot some mid-range jumpers.
Batum says the ankle has improved and some of the swelling has subsided since he injured it in Game 2, but: "I hope (I can play), but I really can't say yes or no. I don't know how I'm going to feel (Monday). I am doing everything I can to be back as soon as possible."
Batum is averaging 16.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in the playoffs.