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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Portland Trail Blazers (0-0) at Phoenix Suns (0-0), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Portland Trail Blazers will try to get back to the playoffs starting Wednesday night when they open the season with a visit to the Phoenix Suns.

Portland missed the postseason the last two seasons after three straight first-round exits. But the Blazers won five more games than the season before and feature an exciting roster of young players.

The most important of which is LaMarcus Aldridge. The two-time All-Star has posted incredible numbers since he's become the focal point of the franchise, but it hasn't translated into any postseason appearances.

Last season, the next piece of the puzzle was last season's Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard. He was fantastic in his NBA debut season and looks to build this season with Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Robin Lopez and some other great offseason acquisitions.

After finishing with a embarrassingly bad second unit last season, the Blazers built a bench. They drafted C.J. McCollum, who will miss time thanks to a broken foot, traded for Thomas Robinson, who is wandering the NBA like a nomad, signed Mo Williams, Joel Freeland. Meyers Leonard and picked up sharp- shooter Allen Crabbe.

"This is still a process, but everything we did this offseason was with one goal in mind. We're going to continue to develop our young guys, it's just not going to come at the expense of winning games," GM Neil Olshey proclaimed at Portland's media day. "I think we're talented enough (to make the playoffs)."

Phoenix is not.

They weren't before a week ago either, but on Friday, the Suns traded Marcin Gortat, who was on the last year of a contract, and a slew of marginal players, for Emeka Okafor and a 2014 first-round pick.

The move should free up time for this year's first-round pick, Alex Len, to play more center. It also frees up cap space, gives them possibly four first- round choices in the incredibly rich 2014 NBA Draft and puts them in a position to lose more games, which will give the Suns more ping-pong balls in pursuit of Andrew Wiggins.

"Having potentially four picks in the first round of this upcoming draft is huge for us," said Phoenix GM Ryan McDonough. "Whether we keep the picks and draft six first-rounders over the next two years or whether we package some of them for a great player, we have a lot of flexibility and valuable currency."

The Suns definitely have a plan, but the product on the floor this season is going to be bad.

First-year head coach Jeff Hornacek will have a rough go of it, but his team will be anchored by his backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe. The latter came over in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and most expect him to post big numbers now that he'll be outside the shadow of Chris Paul.

The Suns won two of three last season versus Portland and have captured four straight against the Blazers in Arizona.

10/30 10:27:15 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 33 .593 --- 26-15 22-18 32-19 W 2
x-Brooklyn 44 37 .543 4 28-13 16-24 26-25 L 1
New York 36 45 .444 12 18-22 18-23 25-26 W 3
Boston 25 56 .309 23 16-24 9-32 21-30 L 1
Philadelphia 18 63 .222 30 10-31 8-32 13-38 W 1
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 55 26 .679 --- 35-6 20-20 37-14 W 1
x-Chicago 48 33 .593 7 27-14 21-19 35-16 W 1
Cleveland 32 49 .395 23 18-22 14-27 20-31 L 2
Detroit 29 52 .358 26 17-24 12-28 23-29 L 3
Milwaukee 15 66 .185 40 10-30 5-36 12-39 L 2
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 27 .667 --- 32-8 22-19 34-17 L 2
x-Washington 43 38 .531 11 22-19 21-19 32-19 W 3
x-Charlotte 42 39 .519 12 24-16 18-23 29-22 W 2
x-Atlanta 37 44 .457 17 24-17 13-27 27-24 L 1
Orlando 23 58 .284 31 19-21 4-37 17-34 L 3
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 58 23 .716 --- 33-7 25-16 36-16 L 2
x-Portland 53 28 .654 5 30-10 23-18 30-21 W 4
Minnesota 40 41 .494 18 24-16 16-25 23-28 L 2
Denver 36 45 .444 22 22-18 14-27 20-31 L 1
Utah 24 57 .296 34 16-25 8-32 12-39 L 5
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 24 .704 --- 34-7 23-17 36-15 W 2
x-Golden State 50 31 .617 7 27-14 23-17 30-21 W 1
Phoenix 47 34 .580 10 26-15 21-19 27-24 L 3
Sacramento 28 53 .346 29 17-23 11-30 15-36 W 1
LA Lakers 26 55 .321 31 14-27 12-28 14-37 W 1
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 19 .765 --- 32-8 30-11 38-13 L 1
x-Houston 54 27 .667 8 33-8 21-19 31-20 W 2
x-Dallas 49 32 .605 13 26-15 23-17 29-22 W 1
x-Memphis 49 32 .605 13 26-14 23-18 28-23 W 4
New Orleans 33 48 .407 29 21-19 12-29 14-37 W 1
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
7:05pm Tuesday
PHI 0
ATL 0
7:05pm Tuesday
NYY 0
CHC 0
7:05pm Tuesday
BAL 0
TAM 0
7:08pm Tuesday
DET 0
CLE 0
Final
CIN 7
PIT 5
Final
MIA 11
WAS 2
Final
TEX 5
SEA 0
Final
CWS 2
BOS 1
Final
HOU 2
KAN 4
Final
MIL 1
STL 6
Final
MIN 3
TOR 9
Final
ARI 0
NYM 9
Final
ANA 9
OAK 10
Final
SDP 2
COL 3
Final
SFG 3
LOS 2
12:35pm Today
CIN
PIT
12:35pm Today
BAL
TAM
 
1:05pm Today
NYY
CHC
 
1:10pm Today
MIL
STL
 
3:40pm Today
ARI
NYM
 
7:05pm Tonight
PHI
ATL
 
7:05pm Tonight
NYY
CHC
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CLE
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
SEA
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
 
Final
BRK 98
NYK 109
Final
LAC 117
DEN 105
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
CHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
ORL
IND
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIL
ATL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CLE
BRK
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
DAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
DET
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAN
LAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
PHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NYK
TOR
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
UTA
 
8:00pm Tonight
BOS
WAS
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
 
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
 
7:00pm Tonight
TAM
MON
7:30pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
Final
CHR 2
DUR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR