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Portland, The New Nemesis

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Portland is going to kick our butts for a few years. I'm not exactly cool with that -- they were one of the worst teams in the league, like, two years ago. UNFAIR, Portland. Unfair.

I don't have a ton to say about the game. Kevin Martin and John Salmons continue to play sexy basketball, Bobby Brown struggles to run the team, Jason Thompson does everything but offense well, Greg Oden visits Spencer Hawes at 2 a.m. every night wearing a Freddy Krueger costume and wielding a pole saw. If Reggie Theus wants to win in the first few games, and Francisco Garcia remains hobbled, Martin and Salmons need to play 40-44 minutes each.

Here are some reactions from neutral and opposing viewpoints:

* Basketball Prospectus' Kevin Pelton came down to ARCO for the game.

* A Blazers fan recaps the contest. Dave from Blazers Edge does the same.

* Kevin Martin makes his pitch to be your favorite player. Similarly, Ball Don't Lie is like "what."