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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Dan Marang run down the Portland Trail Blazers’ recent run of success. We discuss the emergence of Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton, Damian Lillard’s absence, Nikola Mirotic and DeAndre Jordan available at the trade deadline, and why NBA players shouldn’t be friends on the court.

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  • Intro
  • Things to build on over the past week
  • Reviewing the past week
  • Can we count on players outside Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
  • Evan Turner fitting in
  • Pat Connaughton and Maurice Harkless getting to the basket
  • Getting the most out the other guys
  • Nurkic fever making a return
  • Equal opportunity offense
  • The Blazer’s defense is for real- that’s fun
  • Why won’t Nurkic dunk on everyone
  • Understanding how good Nurkic’s footwork and why he’s so frustrating
  • Lillard and teammates rise for the Stotts banner
  • Style points are back- why the Hawks game was more than just a regular win
  • Trade Deadline- Nikola Mirotic
  • What will Mirotic cost Portland
  • Should the Blazers entertain offers for Collins if it means getting out of Turner’s contract
  • Trade Deadline- DeAndre Jordan
  • Would Jordan fit in Portland
  • What would Portland give up for him
  • Who’s a better fit for Portland at center- DAJ or Nurkic
  • Assessing CJ McCollum’s value in the league today
  • The Moda Center is alive
  • Why can’t everyone be friends
  • Get off my lawn- I want villains, heels, and storylines not banana boats
  • Pettiness drives the best rivalries in the league not niceties
  • The Trail Blazers and tribute videos- who could they have one for
  • Will Barton deserves a tribute video

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