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Has the Trail Blazers Offense Finally Arrived?

Damian Lillard is great. CJ McCollum is rounding into form. Is Portland headed for goodness?

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara and Dan take a look at the resurgent Portland Trail Blazers offense, what led to it, is it sustainable, the arrival of MVP-level Damian Lillard, Ed Davis rising from last year’s ashes, the abomination of calling the Blazers “The Zers” and more!


  • Intro
  • Routine vs. Rest
  • Food in Dallas
  • Ranking Texas NBA arenas
  • Having rest before the All Star break is a good thing, right?
  • Things looking more natural and fun
  • Opening the playbook with chemistry
  • How do you build familiarity on the floor?
  • Evaluating Portland’s offense
  • Tara hates Bunnies
  • Why is the offense playing better?
  • Can the offense be sustained?
  • MVP level Damian Lillard
  • CJ McCollum rounding into form
  • The rotations are getting locked down
  • Dame & CJ are still the key- when they’re rolling the team is rolling
  • Role players ... playing roles
  • Yes, Ed Davis is really good and really valuable
  • Ed Davis, let me shower you with praise
  • Listener questions- everything ball movement
  • Understanding relevant and purposeful ball movement
  • It’s not about how many passes you make, it’s how many of the right passes
  • Natural adjustments + better passing and shot making= good offense
  • Elevator!
  • Stop calling the Portland Trail Blazers the ‘Zers
  • Addressing the NBAPA v NBA Referees
  • Tear it all down
  • Relationship building vs scorched Earth
  • Shout out Blazer’s Edge Night selling out!
  • Blazers Outsiders Debut
  • Shout outs to DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Roberson

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