Bryant Knox previews the Portland Trail Blazers Jan. 10 matchup against the Miami Heat. The Blazers are one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference, but the Miami Heat are the defending champs for a reason. Whichever team plays better defense should come out on top. The key matchup in this one is between Nicolas Batum and LeBron James. LaMarcus Aldridge is Day-To-Day.
What a week for Shaquille O’Neal. He’s basically saying our Victoria BC boy Steve Nash doesn’t deserve two NBA MVP awards. In 2004-05, Nash took a 29 win team from the season before, and with a majority of the same key players as the year prior (minus Stephon Marbury), turned that squad into a 62 win team and the best regular season record in the NBA. Nash’s second MVP came as a bigger surprise to many around the league.
Portland Trailblazers blogger Jason Green reports on the possibilities of center Greg Oden leaving via free agency for the Miami Heat in 2011/12. He is the former #1 pick that reminds Portland fans of Sam Bowie, but he has the tools to be a great player. Miami’s GM Pat Riley has shown he can make impossible deals. Time will tell.