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IC Cold Links: Oden Out For Season, Pacers Face Clippers Tonight

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Sad news broke last night when reports surfaced that former Lawrence North star, Greg Oden was scheduled for a second microfracture surgery on his left knee which would once again end his season before it ever started.

Hopefully Oden can return to the court and actually play next season. Forget playing to a level worthy of the top pick in the draft, just playing the majority of games in a season would be nice to see. Portland did not pick up Oden's contract option for next season so he will be a restricted free agent next summer. But contract details and where he'll play again are far less important than when he'll play again.

Speaking of local legends, Eric Gordon will be at Conseco Fieldhouse tonight when his struggling Los Angeles Clippers face the Indiana Pacers. The Clips got nipped at the buzzer last night when Michael Beasly hit a nice jumper to break a tie and give the Minnesota Timberwolves a win.

The Clippers have lost seven in a row as they mix in some youth with rookie Eric Bledsoe starting at point guard with Baron Davis injured. Gordon arrives in town coming off back-to-back 30-point  performances, so keeping EJ in check will be key for the Pacers to win.

After the jump, a few links of interest including more on Oden and the steep learning curve facing the Pacers' young power forwards. Also, Tyler Hansbrough appears set to return to action tonight but Darren Collison is likely out.