Alas, the big fella is returning! It's been two lonely weeks without the Blazers franchise center in the lineup, but he's returning with some firepower for Wednesday's game in South Florida. When the Blazers and Heat tip off on ESPN (and CSN NW)... Oden will be on the bench. This may be more newsworthy. Oden has been out of action since tweaking his foot/ankle two weeks ago on opening night. But Nate McMillan is doing the right thing by bringing Oden along slowly. I just can't imagine how much pressure Oden has been under. Everybody wants a piece of the guy. Now he can give a piece back...starting with the Miami Heat. I wouldn't expect G.O. to play more than 20 minutes...but this will certainly help, having him return on the road. Remember, the Heat don't have a dominant center (in fact, I can't even tell you who their Center is these days). Nonetheless, Oden should fare quite well...and blend in nicely with that "up tempo" second unit. Oden being back on the court can't come soon enough!!