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Game Blog: Celtics-Blazers Preview

So, we’re going to do a little TV blogging tonight. The big news is that Brandon Roy [1] is said to be doubtful for tonight’s game and Greg Oden [2] 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 [3] 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 [4]. 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 [5]. 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 [6] told reporters that he wants to monitor Kevin Garnett’s minutes [7], 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 [8]. 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 [9]. It’s a page-turner.