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Gamethread: Portland Trail Blazers

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The Blazers were once the up-and-coming team in the West. But now the story of their season sounds a lot more like the Celtics or Spurs than the OKC Thunder.

Franchise stud Brandon Roy is dealing with knee problems that may permanently risk his explosiveness. The team is still missing two of their more productive bigs in Joel Pryzbilla and Greg Oden.

Still the Blazers have held it together with a little extra from LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Miller, as well as a breakout year from Nicholas Batum, who's playing a remarkably well-rounded game for a young wing and is looking a lot like the legitimate third scoring option Portland needs to replace Travis Outlaw.

Roy may or may not play, and whether he does or not will make a big difference in how the game plays out. When Roy is in, Rudy Gay typically mans him, while O.J. Mayo takes the other wing. Without Roy the Grizz will be able to play in traditional positions, which is probably a good thing now that Batum looks legit.