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Oden injury will cost Blazers a playoff shot

Obviously, losing Greg Oden hurts the Blazers this year. But the question is, how much?

If we make some assumptions about how well he might have played, and how well his teammates might have played, it quickly becomes apparent what a big deal this is.

Had Oden been in the lineup this season, the Blazers were a borderline playoff team. In fact, I would have picked them to be the West's No. 8 seed.