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Trail Blazers Vs. Hawks: Wallace Debuts And Camby May Return For Portland Against Atlanta

There must be some drama, so cue up ESPN.

Gerald Wallace looks to make his Portland Trail Blazers debut and Marcus Camby may return to the Blazers lineup for the first time since Jan. 17 just in time for a visit from the Atlanta Hawks (10:30 p.m., ESPN, 97.9 FM) -- as if Portland wasn't hard enough to beat on a regular day.

Sensing an opportunity in the wild, wild Western Conference,the Trail Blazers did what few teams in the conference did at the trade deadline -- added pieces to the puzzle to improve their standing within the conference, shipping away former Hawk Joel Przybilla, Sean Marks and Dante Cunningham and a pair of first round picks for Wallace just before the clock struck 3:00 p.m. on Thursday.

The moves make for a very deep Blazers team. While Wallace is expected to come off of the bench in his Portland debut on Sunday, he will eventually become a vicious third option on a team that already boasts shoulda-been-Hawk Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge.

To make matters worse for Atlanta, red-hot Portland may also see the return of Camby, who missed a little over a month after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. He's just averaging a team-high 11.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

Suffice to say that the Hawks will obviously have their hands full with an Blazers team that has won seven of its last eight games.

Atlanta hopes to build on its 95-79 demolition of the woeful Golden State Warriors on Friday night in Oakland. The Hawks dominated that one nearly from start to finish, established an inside presence for once and snapped a three-game losing streak.

Josh Smith had 26 points and Al Horford added 22 for Atlanta in a game that marked the debut of guard Kirk Hinrich and center Hilton Armstrong.

Hinrich had eight points, while Armstrong did not score in one-plus minutes of action.

Expect to see more of Hinrich -- perhaps even a start -- when the Hawks take on the Blazers on Sunday.

Atlanta is 2-3 on its season-long seven-game road trip, which winds up on Monday in Denver.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.