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Game Blog: Celtics-Blazers Preview

12.30.08 at 7:17 pm ET

So, we’re going to do a little TV blogging tonight. The big news is that Brandon Roy is said to be doubtful for tonight’s game and Greg Oden apparently sprained his ankle in practice and is questionable. Oden looks like a better bet to play than Roy.

The Blazers don’t need any more problems because since starting the year 14-6 they have been a little erratic, a slide that began with a thumping at the hands of the Celtics back on Dec. 5. Since then they gone 5-6 and lost three straight at one point. Steady-handed coach Nate McMillan even threatened a rotation shakeup last week and an Oregonian columnist took Oden to task. Nate told the big man “to have fun.” I still think he’s going to be big-time, but I’m not sure he would have been able to handle Boston, judging by his early troubles.

This is a big game for Portland, who many still see as a dark horse threat in the west, but it’s shaping up to be a big one for the Celtics too. The Golden State loss seems to have gotten everyone’s attention and they do not want to come back from the coast with a losing record.

Doc Rivers told reporters that he wants to monitor Kevin Garnett’s minutes, which have been steadily increasing as of late. That’s a positive thing in the long run, but it’s awfully hard to sit KG while a fourth quarter lead is being frittered away. Blazers fans really don’t like Garnett, by the way.

Speaking of the much-maligned bench, the C’s got some bad news when the Rockets announced they were bringing back Dikembe Mutombo. The Celtics had interest there.

We’ll start the blogging at 10-ish so check back early and often. While you’re waiting for tip-off check out my long digression of how I wound up in Oregon way back when. It’s a page-turner.

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