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Game Blog: Celtics-Blazers Preview

Posted By Paul Flannery On December 30, 2008 @ 7:17 pm In General | 1 Comment

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.

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[1] Brandon Roy: http://media.weei.com/basketball/brandon-roy.htm

[2] Greg Oden: http://media.weei.com/basketball/greg-oden.htm

[3] Celtics: http://media.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[4] took Oden to task: http://blog.oregonlive.com/johncanzano/2008/12/is_upper_management_keeping_od.html

[5] a big one for the Celtics too: http://www.weei.com/Red-Letter-Day/3572374

[6] Doc Rivers: http://media.weei.com/basketball/doc-rivers.htm

[7] monitor Kevin Garnett’s minutes: http://www.boston.com/sports/basketball/celtics/articles/2008/12/30/rivers_wants_to_keep_time_on_his_side_with_garnett/

[8] bringing back Dikembe Mutombo: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3800585

[9] way back when: http://blogs.weei.com/paulflannery/2008/12/30/my-oregon-trail/

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