Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 1/9/13
The champs are here The Portland Trail Blazers will play host to the defending champion Miami Heat Thursday night, and they’ll likely be faced with their toughest competition of the 2012-13 season. Matchup: Portland (19-15) vs. Miami Heat (23-10) Venue: Rose Garden Time: 7:30 PM PT Date: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 The Blazers are an impressive 12-4 at the Rose Garden this year, but they’ll need more than just home-court advantage to take down the star power of the Heat. Game Notes/How They Match Up The Blazers will need more than just home-court advantage to take down the Miami Heat. (Photo: Doug Beghtel/The Oregonian) At the beginning of the season, most assumed that the Blazers and the Heat would be on completely different planets by the time they faced off Jan. 10. The Heat had the Big Three and an NBA championship on their side, while the Blazers had questions about their future and a whole new rotation to adjust to. While it’s safe to say that Miami still has the edge, Portland has shown
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