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ESPN: Can Blazers Join West's Elite?

ESPN.com continues its series of five questions to five writers about each NBA team with this post about the Portland Trail Blazers. -------------------------- Henry Abbott, TrueHoop: You don't have to squint very much to see Aldridge making the [All-Star] cut -- he puts up big numbers. But he'll miss Andre Miller's lobs, his main sources of easy buckets. Batum remains tantalizing, but I worry he may be like Rudy Fernandez -- suited to an offense that creates more space and movement than Portland's. I'd say there's about a 1-in-3 chance that a team with LaMarcus Aldridge as its best player makes a Western Conference finals in the next several years. (How's that for sounding really specific while being really vague?) -------------------------- ed: bumped to front page
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