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This is the sound of lowering expectations. Portland Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting...

This is the sound of lowering expectations. Portland Trail Blazers Director of College Scouting Chad Buchanan told KGW's Joe Becker on Wednesday's edition of 95.5FM's Wheels At Work that he hopes Greg Oden is able to play "60-65" games during the 2010-2011 NBA season. "People want Greg to be ready at the start of the season... Looking long term, we need everyone healthy, clicking together, come March, April and into May. If we can get Greg to play 60-65 games this year and continue the development curve he was on before he got injured last year, I think we'll have a chance to have some success in the playoffs, this season." Here's a link to the audio via FanShot superstar two4larue, who also provided the transcription above. In an August 21 Blazersedge interview, Oden would only say that he would play at some point this season and would not commit to an opening night return. Blazers GM Rich Cho has also urged patience. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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