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PER Diem: Feb. 6, 2009

Although Kevin Durant has made a bigger impact than Greg Oden in their first two seasons, tonight's Thunder-Trail Blazers game isn't a referendum -- it's a glimpse of the future.

Updated: February 6, 2009, 1:54 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

Get ready to see the future of the Western Conference.

Portland and Oklahoma City aren't there yet, and might not be for a few more years, but there is no question the Blazers and Thunder lead the league in stockpiled assets. And two of the most alluring assets will go head-to-head tonight for the first time: Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, the first two picks in the 2007 NBA draft.

With Oden sitting out all of last season, tonight's game in Oklahoma City is the long-awaited first ...

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