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2010-2011 Game 8 Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Portland; Still No Green

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This also counts as an open thread, so feel free to post your thoughts during the game here.

Records: The Oklahoma City Thunder (4-3) vs. The Portland Trailblazers (6-3)

Time: 8:30 PM Central Daylight Time

Place: The New Myriad, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TV: Entertainment Sports Programming Network, Fox Sports Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS The Sports Animal (98.1), Newsradio 750 KXL

Enemy Blog(s): Bust a Bucket, A Stern Warning, Blazersedge

Previous Meeting(s): Nov. 4th

Jeff Green is still out. And we're facing Portland tonight. Blast!

But, not so fast! Portland is still missing Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla, and Brandon Roy is still listed as questionable. So there's hope for a win.

But, assuming that Brandon Roy does play, we're in for a heck of a game. Since we last saw the Trailblazers a week and one day ago, they've taken care of business against Portland and Detroit, but lost to the excellent Lakers. Portland seems like a team that can beat the teams they need to beat, but are just too thin down low to be a serious threat to any good team. Alas, the Thunder are currently in the same boat. We have solid starters in Krstic and Ibaka, but Aldrich has been borderline useless behind them, and Coach Brooks is unwilling to try out Mullens or White.

And you know the rest. If we win tonight, we're back in the saddle at 5-3. If we lose, then we really, really hope that Jeff Green is back by Sunday. Because finishing out the week at 4-5 would not be a pretty sight.

Prediction: Oklahoma City 101, Portland 98