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Suns vs. Blazers: Portland Missing Felton, Possibly Batum

Suns coach Alvin Gentry said F Grant Hill won't play against Portland, but G Steve Nash will.

"It makes sense for us not to push the envelope," Gentry said of Hill.

Gentry also said he refuses to call Monday night's game a must-win game. "I think it sends the wrong message to your team," he said.

For the Blazers, coach Kaleb Canales said G Raymond Felton won't play, though he is with the team, and Jonny Flynn will start at the point. Also, F Nicolas Batum (quad injury) will go through his pregame routine to see if he can play, but if he is ruled out, Luke Babbitt will get the start.

UPDATE: Batum ruled out.