Luke Babbitt barely playing for Blazers lately

Over the last five Blazers games, Babbitt has played a total of just 9 seconds. There have been four “DNP — Coach’s Decisions” etched next to Babbitt’s name in NBA box scores during this time as he has taken a back seat — along the Blazers’ bench — to emerging rookie forward Victor Claver.

It’s a sudden and emphatic role change for Babbitt, who earlier this season — particularly after that big outing against the Bobcats — was a semi-regular in coach Terry Stotts’ always-evolving rotation as a “stretch four.”

During a three-game run in December, when the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Hornets and Denver Nuggets in consecutive games, Babbitt reached double figures in scoring each outing. He seemed poised for a consistent, impactful season.

– Reported by Joe Freeman of the Oregonian