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Preseason Gameday Open Thread - Suns

Update: The Blazers just sent out a text...

The Trail Blazers sign LaMarcus Aldridge to a five-year extension today.

There will be a press conference tomorrow; I'll be there. Should be awesome.  Read more about the signing at


Round one against the Phoenix Suns this preseason didn't go the Blazers way.  Round two, this time in Vancouver BC rather than the Memorial Coliseum, looks to be a depleted affair.  Joe Freeman tweets...

Turns out Batum is in - and will start - tonite when the Blazers meet the Suns. He'll join a start linuep with Blake, B. Roy, LA and Oden.

Given that the Blazers just cut Ime Udoka and Jarron Collins, and Patty Mills and Jeff Pendergraph are not available due to long-term injury, Nate McMIllan might not (hopefully not) see his team this short-handed all season long.

Update: the Blazers texted to say GO and LMA are probable while Batum is questionable.

As for the Suns, Goran Dragic is a game time decision and Steve Nash will play in front of his hometown crowd, according to Paul Coro.  Hopefully the Blazers didn't have any problem getting plenty of ankle tape for Andre Miller and Steve Blake through customs.

Tip is at 7PM Pacific. Once again there is no television tonight. Radio: 95.5FM. 

In the meantime, be sure to check in on the brilliant Phoenix Stan and company over at Bright Side of the Sun. I love that site.

-- Ben (