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okc v. pdx (ESPN INSIDER) debate

broussard and bucher debate who will challenge the lakers in the west. broussard takes the blazers and bucher takes the point that a) OKC has the talent in KD, westbrook, and ibaka and b) that the blazers are a franchise on the down turn (ie., fernandez, penn/pritchard, nate's unwillingness to sign extension, etc). RB: "This debate is about who has the best chance of pulling off an upset. You keep telling me why OKC can't without making a case for why the Blazers are better suited. Let's face it: The franchise's prospects are dimmer now than two years ago. The way Kevin Pritchard and Tom Penn were sent away is not the way a franchise headed in the right direction operates, regardless of what you think of Pritchard's performance. Nate McMillan even chose not to sign an extension, which speaks volumes. Rudy Fernandez wants out, Brandon Roy and Andre Miller have struggled to mesh, and Roy, at the tender age of 26, is having a hard time staying healthy for a full season. That doesn't sound to me like a team in the least bit ready to knock off the defending champs."

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