SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WVLT) -- When it comes to NBA championship squads, the 2006-7 San Antonio Spurs weren't just dominant -- they were practically unchallenged. Tim Duncan and company rolled to a 16-4 postseason, steamrolling Lebron James' Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.
The Spurs begin their title defense tonight against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are missing the key to their desired resurgence -- center Greg Oden, who underwent knee surgery in the offseason and will likely miss the entire 2007-8 season.
Without Oden, the Blazers must rely on 2007 Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy and new acquisition Channing Frye, whom they brought to Portland as part of a six-year deal that sent long-time Blazer Zach Randolph to New York.
Meanwhile, the Spurs return almost every member of their 58-24 team from a year ago, which finished the regular season in second place behind the Mavericks in the NBA's Southwest division. The squad has won 10 straight games against the Blazers, dating back to a 107-99 loss in 2005.
Two other games are on tap for Tuesday evening. Utah visits Golden State in a rematch of last year's Western Conference semifinals, and Houston visits the Staples Center to take on the Lakers.