Game Time: 7:00 p.m. TV: KGW
The Blazers have faced the Oklahoma City Thunder enough this year that a full preview isn't necessary, even if one could be given during Portland's current state of flux. The preview from their March 18th meeting (a 111-95 loss for Portland) covers the current situation well enough. The February 6th preview gives a more detailed look at the Thunder. They're now 37-12, 15-8 on the road (virtually the same as Portland's 16-8 home record), and have won 4 of their last 5, breaking 110 in 3 of those wins.
Shooting guard Daequan Cook is out for the Thunder with a knee injury. Portland point guard Raymond Felton is out for personal/family reasons. That's going to make matching up with Russell Westbrook a tall order. The Blazers don't have Gerald Wallace to throw against Durant, nor Marcus Camby to match up with Kendrick Perkins. Only home heart, sterling shooting, and a little luck will give the Blazers a prayer in this game. One can't help but think how different this is than early in the year when we expected every contest between these teams would be a knock-down, drag-out battle...and it usually was. (sigh)
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If the Blazers did have hope left of making the post-season, this would be the kind of game that could turn around their fortunes. There's a rabbit in that hat somewhere, Blazers. Pull it out!
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