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Gameday Open Thread: Blazers vs. Mavericks

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Here we go.  The last game before the All-Star break.  Can we pull one out against a semi-crippled Mavericks team or will we carry a four-game losing streak into the mini-vacation?

Record your wishful thinking, hard analysis, prognostications, in-game comments, and post-game beer-crying comments right here.

--Dave (blazersub@yahoo.com)

P.S.  The Jersey Contest Form for this game is here.

P.P.S. Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Kidd-to-Dallas trade is done. Jason Kidd and Malik Allen go to the Mavs. Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Devean Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, and first-round picks in 2008 and 2010 go to the Nets. That's a heck of a lot to send over for Kidd. One wonders if any of those players will suit up tonight. If not then Dallas is going to field, like, five people.

The same article says that the Nets plan to buy out Jerry Stackhouse, making him an immediate free agent. He cannot re-sign with the Mavs unless he waits 30 days. If he's loose on the market he could be a very intriguing pick-up on a short-term contract for...I don't know...US. He'd provide instant scoring and veteran leadership off the bench. It would be the best of both worlds. You could bolster your team for a possible playoff run but take absolutely zero salary hit by signing him to the contractual minimum. I'm sure quite a few teams are thinking the same thing, but if he did fall to us I'd think about it long and hard.