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No Oden, no problem we will survive

Of all the stats tossed around in basketball I think there is one that most would agree is by far the most important one and that is the bottom line WINS. In the past two seasons Greg Oden has played in 82 games in which the team posted a record of 53-29(41 at home and 43 against non playoff teams). In the the other 82 games he did not play the team went 51-31(41 at home and 38 against non playoff teams). Playing a schedule with 5 more games against non playoff teams and much more healthy players around him than the team playing without him they still were only able to come up with only 2 more wins. Even in just the 2009-10 season in which  was probably as healthy as he will ever be until the  injury they still only went 13-8 playing a rather weak schedule(12 at home and 12 against non playoff teams), not great. Even with all the added injures after Oden went down(including 17 missed by Roy in which they went 8-9) they still managed to go 37-24(29 at home and only 29 games vs non playoff teams), not an easy schedule.
      I am not saying the blazers are a better team without him on the floor, however for him to make a real difference as far as the team winning more games he not only needs to be 98.7% healthy he needs to play the minutes. The 22-24 minutes per game he has averaged in his first 82 is just not going to get it, he must be able to play at least 30 and really 35 minutes per game is the amount he should play night in and night out. Lets see him log that many minutes for say 40-50 games and see if the win total goes up or not. In the mean time the blazers will move on without him and make the playoffs, no problem, with a 56 win season. There is no reason to have him play now as it makes no difference, lets just wait and maybe someday he will make a difference.

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