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Blazers make injury-riddled roster fit

PER Diem: Jan. 15, 2010

Updated: January 15, 2010, 8:40 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
BlazersSam Forencich/NBAE/Getty ImagesDespite injuries to major contributors, the Blazers have made things work with a reshuffled lineup.

PORTLAND -- Here's one thing we still don't have a stat for: Fit. Over the past several years I've talked a lot about numbers from both an individual and team perspective and drawn some very firm conclusions from them. However, getting from the one to the other presents a palette of grays. How well those players fit with their teammates has an effect on whether the individuals perform nearer the top or bottom of their potential. And we're still learning about how all those interactions work.

This year's Portland Trail Blazers offer a great case study. With all the injuries they've had, we've had an opportunity to see lots of different combinations. And since the personnel is nearly the same as the previous season's squad, that offers another big sample of games on which to base our comparisons.

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