They especially wouldn't want to lose to a team in so much transition. They must guard against being undermotivated for this one. The Blazers will be trying to clear the cobwebs after the team has undergone a massive transformation in a matter of hours. The lineup and coach will be very different, and the result for Portland is a bit unpredictable under interim coach Caleb Kanales. What They're SayingElsa/Getty ImagesThe Blazers have decided to blow the whole thing up. They tried to move more pieces, but they couldn't get it done. Kelly Dwyer of Yahoo! Sports wrote:Chuffed with their ability to possibly pants the Nets out of a lottery pick, the GM-less Portland Trail Blazers have decided to pay it forward as they submit to a rebuilding process, and now they're just doing teams favors.
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Now for the other side of the spectrum. The Blazers are in shambles. After starting the season 7-2, Portland has gone 13-21 since. They were blown out, 121-79, in their last game by the Knicks. They traded away Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for a first-round pick, as well as Mehmet Okur and Shawne Williams, who both have expiring deals. The team fired head coach Nate McMillan, traded Marcus Camby and bid farewell to former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden. Wow... what a difference a team makes. Still, the two teams are set to battle Friday night in the United Center. Let's take a closer look.
Which is why they've decided to essentially hand the Houston Rockets C/F Marcus Camby on Thursday, in return for 2009 draft washouts Jonny Flynn and Hasheem Thabeet and a conditional second-round pick in the 2012 draft. The Bulls didn't complete a deal, but it doesn't mean they didn't try. ESPN's Nick Friedell reported:As usual, Forman and Paxson worked the phones for the past few weeks. As ESPN. com's Marc Stein reported earlier in the week, the Bulls tried to pry Pau Gasol away from the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Lakers wanted no part of Carlos Boozer's albatross of a contract. Now, the Bulls must hope that what they have is enough to accomplish their ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.
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Chicago Player to Watch: Carlos BoozerJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesHow will Boozer respond after the trade deadline? His name was the primary name thrown around as an expendable. Will he play better now that the deadline has passed, or will it be the same old up-and-down Boozer? He is averaging a decent 15 points and eight rebounds per game, but he rarely steps up against big competition. Case in point, last night vs. the Heat, Boozer had two pints and eight rebounds in 27 minutes Portland Player to Watch: LaMarcus AldridgeWith the team completely deconstructed around him, how will he respond? He is truly one of the game's elite power forwards.
Where: United Center, Chicago, Ill. When: Friday, March 16, 8:00 p. m. ETWatch: Comcast Sports Chicago, Comcast Sports NorthwestListen: ESPN 1000 AM (Chicago), 750 AM The Game (Portland)Betting Line: Not AvailableLive Stream: NBA League PassKey InjuriesChicago: Derrick Rose (groin): questionable, Richard Hamilton (shoulder): outPortland: Jamal Crawford (knee): questionable, Mehmet Okur (back): out, Shawne Williams (shoulder): out, Elliot Williams (shoulder): outWhat's at Stake? The Bulls certainly don't want to drop a home game under any circumstances.
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