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Gameday Open Thread: Utah at Portland

BREAKING: Paul Allen met with reporters tonight before the game. He stated, “I have no plans to sell the team," and no longer plans to get deep into luxury tax territory, among other very interesting comments. Stay tuned, Ben will have all the details later. In the meantime, you can follow the Blazersedge Twitter feed for his updates.


Signs that I'm rusty: I actually have an unread e-mail, from me to me, with just a subject line of "Don't forget the GDT tonight".

For the first time since April, we have a real 48 minute game against a non-Blazer opponent. If you'd have told me this would happen back when the lockout began, I'd have called you a liar. But tonight, the Portland Trail Blazers play their first of two preseason games against long-time nemesis the Utah Jazz.

Injury report: LaMarcus Aldridge will not play tonight while recovering from his heart procedure. Everyone else is a go, including Marcus Camby, who starts tonight.

Tip-off: 7:10pm
Watch: CSNNW (Portland area only). There are no NBA-approved Internet streams, don't ask.
Listen: 750AM The Game (Portland), NBA League Pass Audio (online)

The usual rules apply:

  1. No swearing
  2. No pictures
  3. No discussion of Internet streams not provided by the NBA

And of course the "Be nice" rule always applies. Go Blazers! -- Tim