In the first quarter Oden fractured his left knee while coming down after attempting to block a shot.
Fans began to chant for their young center shouting out, "Oden! Oden!" while trainers and physicians circled around the 7 footer.
Oden, who is averaging 11.1 PPG, 8.5 RPG (23rd in NBA), and 2.3 BPG (3rd in NBA) had this to say after the game,
"I'm obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I'll be back. It's in God's hands now," Oden said in a statement released by the team. "I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts."
The Blazers have reported that Oden will need surgery and that there is no timetable for his return.
NBA Primetime Breaks-down the injury and its impact to the team.
With Oden's injury prone NBA track record and for how great he has played thus far in 21 games this season, it was predictable that it would only be a matter of time before the 21-year-old fell down with another injury.
The Blazers will now have to fall onto the shoulders of 7'1" center and nine year veteran Joel Przybilla, who is posting 3.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 1.3 BPG in just under 20 minutes per contest.
In past years Przybilla has served as a sub-par starter for Portland, defending opponents from attacking the basket while blocking shots and grabbing boards at a high rate.
With a starting gig the center will inevitably boost his production in every category and can ultimately fill in for the shoes of Oden, maybe.
Portland should be grateful for the fact that they have another 7 footer on the bench that could instantly enter the game and take his work ethic to the next level.
What kind of impact does this injury have to the team?
The big(ger) question for the matter would be what kind of impact does this injury have on the Blazers for playoff contention?
As of right now the Blazers (13-8) rank fifth in the West with a .619 winning percentage.
With the Western Conference always being a dogfight come playoff time, this injury will undoubtedly affect Portland's chances of both ranking high in seed and surpassing the first round of the postseason.
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