Opening Night Opponent: Who Will It Be?
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  1. DHawes22
    DHawes22
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    Posted 07/18/2011 1:01 PM

    Who do you want the Opening Night Opponent to be?
    Dallas Mavericks (15)
     44%
    Denver Nuggets (6)
     18%
    Los Angeles Lakers (3)
     9%
    Minnesota Timberwolves (2)
     6%
    Oklahoma City Thunder (4)
     12%
    Utah Jazz (0)
     0%
    Other (4)
     12%
    The NBA will be releasing the 2011-12 schedule tomorrow morning. Recently, the Trail Blazers have been a staple in the Western Conference playoffs, making the postseason for three consecutive seasons. With that comes a little bit of revenge. After being dispatched by Houston in the '09 playoffs, Portland was awarded another chance to settle the score at the beginning of the following season, opening up with the Rockets in the Rose Garden. Next year, same story. Portland fell to Phoenix in the '10 playoffs, but played the Suns opening night in Rip City. Will the NBA make it a trifecta, putting the Mavericks against the Blazers? Dallas did say that Portland gave them their biggest challenge of the 2011 playoffs. With that said, who would you like to see the Trail Blazers battle on opening night?



    Dallas Mavericks
    A chance to get some revenge after last year's difficult playoff loss in six games. Also, it keeps the trend of playing last year's playoff opponent on Opening Night alive.



    Denver Nuggets
    Not only are the Nuggets a team inside of our division, but Denver had a similar record and finished one spot higher in the standings. Also, the two teams compelted a draft day trade, which would be intriguing to see how the two teams fare with their new pieces to the puzzle.



    Los Angeles Lakers
    Our biggest rival, bottom line. Would there be a better or bigger way to kick off the season than a showdown with the Lake Show? I don't think so.



    Minnesota Timberwolves
    The Trail Blazers have won 20 consecutive games against the Wolves. Picking up win #21 in a row over Minnesota would be a great way to kick off the 2011-12 campaign.



    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Another inner division team and a matchup that would surely produce an eventful game, likely going down to the wire. In the four games played over the course the 2010-11 season, only 19 points separated winner from loser, meaning the average margain of victory was a mere 4.75 points.



    Utah Jazz
    Regardless of whether they made the playoffs or not last season, the Utah Jazz are still one of Portland's biggest rivals.
    I am a fan of
  1. occassia
    occassia
    Posts: 103

    Posted 07/18/2011 1:08 PM

    ANY OTHER NBA TEAM AT ALL!!
    I am a fan of really, really, really fun basketball!
  1. mtnmedic
    mtnmedic
    Posts: 4

    Posted 07/18/2011 1:42 PM

    I'd love for the guys to go up against the champs but hey, at this point, I really don't care WHO they play.  Just GET IT ON!
    I am a fan of Da Vanilla Gorilla, Joel Pryzbilla. He's been the heart and soul of the Blazers for a long time. Come back and retire as a Blazer, Joel!
  1. Dana Scarborough
    Dana Scarborough
    Posts: 5

    Posted 07/18/2011 2:45 PM

    I am stealing this from you mtnmedic, hope you don't mind!

    I am a fan of Da Vanilla Gorilla, Joel Pryzbilla. He's been the heart and soul of the Blazers for a long time. Come back and retire as a Blazer, Joel!



    I am a fan of L.A. on the All-Star roster
  1. daddylogan
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    Posts: 188

    Posted 07/18/2011 3:03 PM

    Lakers!!!!

    peace out,
    daddy
    I am a fan of THE LITTLE GIANT...DAMIAN LILLARD!!!
  1. mbmurr1
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    Posts: 530

    Posted 07/18/2011 3:30 PM

    I would love to see us play vs. the Nuggets.
    I am a fan of
  1. blazerdarren77
    blazerdarren77
    Posts: 216

    Posted 07/18/2011 4:52 PM

    Let's hope they start on time; the way things are going, that pint sized dictator they call David Stern would prefer to skip the entire season and keep the players locked out. Go ahead commish, find another way to ruin the league and force our best players to play overseas and let those soft European leagues to flourish.
    I am a fan of THE ROSE GARDEN FOREVER!!!
  1. TayC
    TayC
    Posts: 1804

    Posted 07/18/2011 6:42 PM

    i got my money on the t wolves
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 07/18/2011 8:11 PM

    It's always Utah, let's change it up. I say Cleveland without LeBron, we owe them a couple beat downs.
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. EricS
    EricS
    Posts: 10

    Posted 07/18/2011 9:29 PM

    As long as the owners have their way....there won't be an opening day.  So, it really doesn't matter.  The schedule being put out tomorrow is meaningless.
    I am a fan of Some say Blazermania is back.....I got news for ya...it never left.
  1. blazersforlife234
    blazersforlife234
    Posts: 347

    Posted 07/19/2011 11:12 AM

    For all those who guessed the Thuggets, you are correct
    I am a fan of winning.
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