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On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Tara and Dan try to figure out what a good win really is. Is there such a thing as a bad win? From a 4-1 road trip to a 5 game losing streak and the chance to go on another 4-1 road trip. The ups, downs and everything in between of this Blazers season has finally managed to render Dan speechless

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast Coach Dave DuFour is here to talk Blazer's identity, his conversion on Meyers Leonard, Portland's offensive struggles, why adults shouldn't wear jerseys, answers Team Mom's letter and more!Team Mom's letterWhy adults shouldn't wear jerseysPortland vs HoustonShowdown between Damian Lillard and James HardenDo the Blazers miss Allen CrabbeShould Meyers Leonard be on the floorHow do the Blazers answer small ball lineupsUnderstanding what a dribble hand off/DHO isEvan Turner and Maurice Harkless on the floor at the same time, this is a problemHow do the Blazers compensate for non shooters on the floorYou can't be on the floor if you're a net negative offensivelyThe Blazers are missing wide open threes, a lotLooking at the Blazers by the numbersWhere the Blazers are good, they're very goodWhere the Blazers are bad, they're very badWhat is the Blazer's identityHow do you feel about the Blazers right nowDead last in assists, can that be fixedHot take- the

Tara and Kendyl are back for more NBA talk! They wonder why NBA writers are so into food right now and if are there more injuries this season? What has happened to joy in the Bay Area? Then they discuss which centers will find new homes including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, DeAndre Jordan (is there a Portland Trail Blazers connection?) and Marc Gasol. This week’s guest is Aimee Siegemeyer, co-owner and editor of All Heart in Hoop City, a Memphis Grizzlies blog 100% written and edited by women. She gives us insight into how fans are coping in Memphis after losing the abrupt  dismissal of their head coach, David Fizdale.Blazer’s Edge Night, February 27Help send 2000 kids and their chaperones to a Blazer game. How you can donate to Blazer’s Edge night and get a super cool pair of socks!ReferencesSteve Kerr: Golden State Warriors' emotional outbursts are 'absolutely too much'Here's what new agent for DeAndre Jordan means for a potential

On this week's episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast  the discussion centers around something no on saw coming this year- where has all the offense gone? Tara and Dan discuss the 4-1 road trip, back to back home losses, CJ McCollum's slump, Meyers Leonard's return to the spotlight and more. Reviewing the 4-1 road tripDamian Lillard finds his jumpshotMilwaukee Bucks - why are they such a problem for the Blazers?Death by Rajon Rondo and Tony Allen jumpers

Ben Golliver from SI.com and Blazer's Edge Alumnus drops by and gives us the deep dive on everything Jusuf Nurkic after sitting with the Bosnian Beast earlier this season. From how hate mail and trade grades serve as great motivating tools for story writing, to why Jusuf Nurkic is like an actual bull. Ben breaks down the almost superhero-esque origin story of the younger Nurkic, the parallels between his early career growth and his time in Portland as a Trail Blazer and ties it together with his projections for Nurkic's growth. Along the way we discuss Nurkic's relationship with Damian Lillard, Nurkic's respect and admiration for Coach Stotts and ultimately what could the Blazers be looking at this summer when it comes to resigning Nurkic. That and more on this week's episode! What made you want to do a story about Jusuf Nurkic?What did you learn about Nurkic that you didn’t already know?What got left left on the cutting room

On Ep 2 of Women’s Hops And Talks (W.H.A.T.) Podcast,Tara and Kendyl talk with Associated Press reporter Anne Peterson whose beat has included the Portland Trail Blazers since 2002. We hear about her early days in the Bay Area, her first call to meet Arvydas Sabonis when she got to Portland, covering soccer and volleyball at the Olympic games and many tales of her interactions with some of the most notorious Blazers. How to write a story about Rasheed when he wouldn’t talk to the pressA special bond with Sebastian TelfairHer one regret about Ruben PattersonTrying to keep track of Zach Randolph and Damon StoudemeirWe also hear about what it was like to cover more recent Trail Blazers like Brandon Roy and Greg Oden. Follow Tara @tcbbiggs, Kendyl @kendylbennett16, Anne @AnnieMPeterson and of course @blazersedge on Twitter. Subscribe to the Blazer's Edge Podcast via iTunes and now Google Play.We are part of the Almighty Baller Radio Network. Check out our podcast

On this week's episode CBS Sports' Matt Moore (otherwise known as @HPBasketball, drops in to give us the national perspective. That's right, "The national media are coming! The national media are coming!" Matt breaks down the view from outside Portland's bubble on Terry Stotts, Neil Olshey and the current standing of the Trail Blazers, whether or not the Blazers defensive growth is both real and sustainable, what's inhibiting the offense, can the Blazers grow anymore with Lillard and McCollum and much, much more on this week's Blazer's Edge podcast!National perspective- How are Terry Stotts and Neil Olshey looked at right now?Do you think the Trail Blazers defense is for real?What has happened to the offense in its place?Age old question- can Dame/CJ lead a team beyond mediocrity Jusuf Nurkic- the good, the bad and the futureThe NW division looked like murder’s row heading in- has it lived up to expectations? Thoughts on the Zach Collins and Caleb SwaniganEvan Turner and

On this week's episode former professional basketball player and current Blazer's Edge Analyst (and resident big man) Brian Freeman joins us to on this episode where it's all about big men- specifically Jusuf Nurkic and what's transpired the past couple of games in the fourth quarter and what went wrong against the Brooklyn Nets. Brian and the crew break down team schemes, understanding what we know and don't know from a fan/media point of view, the effects of closed door meetings and more!1:00 Introduction - Brian Freeman- former professional basketeer and resident bigman is our guest today!2:00 The Blazers identity - where is it4:00 Building the Blazers identity on both ends5:00 Breaking down the Nets game- what happened and why7:00 What's up with Nurkic and not closing out games8:30 Why hasn't Nurkic been on the floor11:00 Where did it gone wrong against the Nets14:00 That one bad play everyone is talking about, it's going to be the first thing they

Welcome to Women’s Hops And Talks, a podcast where we elevate the voices of women in basketball. Twice a month, co-hosts Tara and Kendyl will talk with women who write about, talk about, work in and love basketball. For our first episode we talk to NBC Sports Northwest digital host/reporter Jamie Hudson. We learn more about how busy Jamie is as a digital reporter, her early broadcasting days (including interviewing Sir Charles on the red carpet), and what advice she has for those looking at getting into sports reporting. Other topics includeJamie’s outside shooting skillsChallenges and rewards of being a woman covering sportsWho is surprising us in the NBA this season?Is there another team about to be as obnoxious as the Clippers?Who will be the new face of the NBA when LeBron retires?Which women inspire Jamie Check us out in the coming weeks and months as we talk to more women who love basketball. Get SocialFollow Blazer’s Edge on Twitter @blazesedge, Tara

On this week's episode, Chad Doing (@chadinripcity) of RipCityRadio 620AM's Afternoon Drive with Travis & Chad joins Dan Marang to discuss; the first 10 games of the season, the Blazer's continued commitment to defense, the revival of Nurk Fever, and the ultimate question- is Jusuf Nurkic a Bad Boy? That and more on this episode of the Blazer's Edge podcast. 1:00 Early Season Expectations, 10 Games In2:00 What’s Most Impressive So Far4:00 Commitment To Defense- Is It Real6:00 Dame Setting The Tone On Both Ends10:00 What Are The Things You Don’t Like So Far12:30 Worried About The Fouls Yet15:30 Is Nurk Fever Upon Us Once Again19:00 Nurkic Pick And Roll20:30 Portland Bad Boys26:00 Lillard On A Tear29:00 Dame’s Maturation30:30 Next 6 Games- How Does It Look33:00 Initial Report On Caleb SwaniganGet socialFollow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggs Subscribe to the Blazer's Edge Podcast via iTunes and now Google Play. We are part of the Almighty Baller Radio Network. Check

On this week's podcast Dan calls up the numbers to find out just how bad the Trail Blazer's have been close to the basket these first 6 games, and we try to figure out why. Fortunately, thanks to contributions up and down the roster and consistent defense, they've managed to keep a winning record. But how long do we wait to see Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic return to form? Other topics covered this week:-The Patty Buckets nickname debate-Dame has more to offer than just shooting-Is Aminu the 3rd most important player right now?-Playing time for Swanigan and Collins--how much longer will we see either of them on the floor?-Where exactly are the Blazer's struggling in offense, why and how do they fix it?-Upcoming game predictionsReferencesScoring percentages are from NBASavant.Game recap and other statistics from Basketball Reference. Get socialFollow us on Twitter @blazersedge @DMarang @tcbbiggsSubscribe to the Blazer's Edge Podcast via iTunes and now Google Play.We are part of the

The Portland Trail Blazers are playing defense in the early going and we’re loving it. Join Tara and Dan on the latest Blazer’s Edge podcast to find out what’s to like, what to keep an eye on and what in the world has gotten into Pat Connaughton?We go in deep on how the Trail Blazer’s did their best to contain Giannis. We like how even though Nurkic struggles at times offensively, he’s still rebounding and staying alert on defense. Damian Lillard is showing up on defense nearly every play--he’s fouling more and chasing through screens more aggressively than we’ve seen before.  And, oh my, Ed Davis, welcome back!  We check back on some of our preseason observations to find out if they are holding up now that every game counts. The pick and roll defense shows signs of improving. The pace of the game is slightly higher. And for now it seems like Pat Connaughton is taking most of the

Your Blazers’ Edge starting lineup of Tara and Dan recap recent news and take a deep dive into the Trail Blazer’s defensive outlook this season. With a roster much like last year’s, we attempt to set a baseline by which to judge if we see improvement. What areas of the floor do they defend well?In which areas do they allow the most scoring?What is the key to improving defense against the pick and roll?Is this the year continuity pays off?We talk about how new personnel might improve defense in the paint and why C.J. is the key to a defensive turn around. Finally we predict how the Blazer’s are going to start the season. Tara has them starting with a blazing-hot 5 game winning streak. Where do you suppose Dan put them? Tune in to find out all this and more!Highlights2:07 CJ’s suspension5:00 is C.J. ornery?5:39 Who starts on Opening night?7:30 Blazers waive Anthony Morrow, Isaiah Briscoe and Archie9:19 Nurkic will be a

We squeezed as much information as we possibly could out of the first three preseason games and came up pretty excited about some new offensive wrinkles. The bigs are taking--and making--mid range shots. The team is operating at a faster pace than last year, using nearly 11 more possessions per game. They are relying on fewer pick-and-rolls and relying on more transition and spot up shooting. With the ball in his hands Evan Turner is running the point from on the block. And of course, we can't get enough Swanigan, Swanigan and more Caleb Swanigan! Highlights2:05 As excited as Dan will be all season.3:45 Dan loves Swanigan who provides more options than anyone else on the floor not named Lillard, McCollum or Nurkic6:20 How is Swanigan like Zach Randolph or Draymond Green? 9:55 Tara things Zach Collins shows promise and she promises to carry the torch for him this season13:55 Dame and CJ were ready for the season to start

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