On paper, the Portland Trailblazers are potentially one of the best teams in the NBA. Unfortunately, they can't seem to keep big man Greg Oden healthy (he recently went down with another season-ending injury), and the rest of the team's been pretty banged up too. All-Star stud Brandon Roy always keeps it interesting, however--give him Dallas-bred LaMarcus Aldridge and three elementary school girls and I'm pretty sure he could still beat the Nets and the Timberwolves. Our hometown Mavericks have had their own injuries to deal with as well, but somehow we're still sitting pretty in the Western Conference standings, just a few games below the Lakers. See the two teams compare their surgical scars, twisted ankles and calf strains when the Mavs take on the Trailblazers 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the American Airlines Center. Visit ticketmaster.com.
Tue., Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m., 2009