The Portland Trail Blazers' mascot, Blaze, waves a large flag with the 

The Portland Trail Blazers' mascot, Blaze, waves a large flag with the Blazers emblem on it at mid-court before the team's NBA basketball season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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The Portland Trail Blazers' mascot, Blaze, waves a large flag with the Blazers emblem on it at mid-court before the team's NBA basketball season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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