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Portland Trail Blazers’ centers Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla combine to form a powerful and formidable center combo. Size and game-changing defensive prowess pose big problems for any NBA team, especially at the friendly confines of the raucous Rose Garden, also known as The Garden of Oden.
GregZilla has averaged 14.8 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1.3 assists per game this season.
Next Game @ Detroit Pistons
The Blazers travel to Motor City to take on the 10-5 Detroit Pistons. The Pistons are an experienced team that will likely give the good guys all that they can handle.
GregZilla will have its hands full with athletic big man, Rasheed Wallace, who loves to play well against his former team. Rasheed is putting up 13.4 points and 9.2 boards and he is one big who likes to shoot the trey as he has attempted 66 shots beyond the arc, leading the Pistons in that effort and making 39% of those attempts.
GregZilla will also have to help out against The Answer, Allen Iverson, Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. The Pistons have started running the offense through Prince, allowing Iverson to play off of the ball. It will be interesting to see how the Blazers play D against either player when they bring the ball up the court. Coach Nate McMillan liked to bring up Lamarcus Alderidge or Nicolas Batum and pressure both Derrick Rose and Chris Paul when they visited the Rose Garden recently.
The Pistons come into the game riding a 2 game win streak and currently ranked 2nd in their division, 10th in the Sports Illustrated Power Rankings, as well as 10th in ESPN's Hollinger Power Rankings. The Pistons defeated Milwaukee 107-97 in their last game on Friday night.
Our Portland Trail Blazers are currently tied for 1st place with the Utah Jazz in the Northwest Division and are ranked 8th in the SI Power Rankings and 4th in the Hollinger Power Rankings.
Seven up and seven down as the Blazers feasted on the New Orleans Hornets the day after Thanksgiving 101-86, earning the revved up P-town crowd free chalupas once again.
GregZilla recorded 8 points, 14 boards, 4 assists and 2 blocks. While relatively quiet on the offensive end, our hometown monster was a big presence in the paint and provided good defense down low. Oden attracted a lot of attention early, giving Brandon Roy and company plenty of open looks as the Blazers took an early lead. Tyson Chandler got in foul trouble against the two-headed beast, eventually fouling out with 5 points and 6 rebounds, both below his season averages.
GregZilla helped Brandon Roy have an awesomely amazing all-around performance with 25 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds. Greg Oden especially helped give B-Roy room to roam as he was passing out of double teams as he was attracting a lot of attention when he got the ball down low early in the game. The home team didn't miss a beat when Przybilla roamed the paint either and The Vanilla Gorilla even hit some big free throws when the game was still in question.
Up next, the Trailblazers head to Detroit Sunday for a tough match up against the Eastern Conference contenders. GregZilla will need to be an angry beast to compete eith the Motor City bigs, including former Trail Blazer Rasheed Wallace.
GregZilla had 14 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks as the Blazers dominated the Miami Heat 106-68 and improved their record to 10 wins against 6 losses on Thanksgiving Eve. The Garden of Oden has been a tough place for opposing teams as the Trail Blazers remain the only Western Conference team undefeated at home.