PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers were set to tip off against the Clippers Tuesday night in the first preseason game of 2010-2011.
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The team will be down one starter Marcus Camby, who is still getting over a strained groin from last week. Forward Jeff Pendergraph will get the start at center. The rest of the starting lineup should remain the same as last season -- Andre Miller, Brandon Roy, Nicholas Batum, and LaMarcus Aldridge.
Greg Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, will not play in the preseason and would not commit to a timeline last week. Oden broke his right kneecap during a game last December against the Houston Rockets.
It is one of several injuries the 7-footer has suffered since he came into the league.
Rumors swirled over the summer that Rudy Fernandez would not return to the team. It was reported that Fernandez wanted to be traded, but he said that was not the case: He would just rather be playing in Europe, he said last week.
Although tickets will be limited for some games, fans will have a wide selection of seating and pricing options to choose from. Fans can guarantee seats to high-demand games such as the new-look Miami Heat (Jan. 9) and the defending NBA champion L.A. Lakers (Feb. 23, April 8) by purchasing season tickets or one of four 11-game quarter-season packages.
The October 11 game at Memorial Colesium against the Utah Jazz is one of three games that will feature the alternate ‘Rip City’ jerseys, which debuted last season. Tickets to the Trail Blazers’ other three preseason games at the Rose Garden are also currently available.
Game time was set for 7 p.m.