Greg Oden has played 20 games for the Heat, averaging 12.0 points per 36 minutes and 9.2 rebounds per 36 minutes. Playing 20 games and 8.9 minutes per game seems like a major accomplishment for Oden. He has been riddled with injuries since he was drafted in 2006, playing parts of only three seasons including this year.
So getting his first chance to play against the Blazers was probably tinged with some emotion. Oden scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 15 minutes. It was a modest appearance for Oden in yet another start.
Surely that dunk had some emotion behind it however. Even if it was nobody’s fault that Oden did not work out as the top overall pick in Portland.
The Heat won 93-91 as the Blazers continue an East Coast swing.