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Should There be any Worry About CJ McCollum?

Danny and Tara break it all down on the latest edition of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a look at the Blazers 4-1 week, commiserating over a Lakers loss but moving on, with a big chunk of time spent discussing the situation and role of CJ McCollum as he tries to find his way within the Blazer’s shifting offensive game plan. A deep dive into when and where McCollum is getting his touches and then what he’s doing with them highlight his attempts at trying to fit in rather than fit out. From there it’s onto the nightmare fuel that is the Milwaukee Bucks and Giannis Antetokounmpo and the upcoming Los Angeles Clippers and their surprising revival through the first 10 games of the season. All that and more on this week’s episode!!


  • Intro
  • Opening Comments
  • :30 Tara as a scout
  • 2:00 Arguing about Zach Collins, a tradition unlike any other
  • 4:00 Review the week that was
  • 5:00 Did you know Anthony Davis was out?
  • 5:20 Anthony Davis tried to give it a go vs POR
  • 7:00 Bingo card- Dan reminds us he’s old and has bad knees! (also Moe Harkless should get 100% healthy)
  • 8:00 Shout out Jake Layman for doing good things!
  • 10:40 Tara’s theory on the Wizards game - “Last gasp win”
  • 12:50 Lakers game, felt like it had the “coach is about to get fired bump”
  • 13:30 Lonzo Ball is still bad. Like, really, really bad.
  • 15:00 Should you feel bad for the Timberwolves?
  • 16:00 Listener question! Who’s been the biggest disappointment?
  • 18:00 Aminu struggling from deep
  • 21:45 What’s wrong or different with CJ McCollum?
  • 22:00 Nerd alert- play type data breakdown. Different scenarios and role for McCollum
  • 24:00 McCollum is getting the ball less, handling it less, and in different spots
  • 26:00 He’s trying Jennifer
  • 28:15 CJ is going to the rim more than ever, but has been awful finishing
  • 29:00 He has to figure out how to finish in traffic
  • 30:00 I just have faith that he’s going to figure this out...
  • 31:45 “Reality is overrated”
  • 33:00 Taking a look at the Bucks
  • 35:00 Giannis + 3 point shooting = terrifying
  • 35:30 Easily the biggest test of the season so far
  • 35:40 You can’t, you won’t, Giannis is unstoppable
  • 36:45 Is Giannis the most dynamic athlete in the history of the league?
  • 37:00 Giannis got his grown man just live with him getting his
  • 38:00 Make Giannis a shooter. Be a very basic defense
  • 38:15 Why do teams game plan to take away everything but the stars?
  • 40:50 Bucks probably have the toughest bench match up all year, maybe Jazz?
  • 41:30 Does/Will Stotts have a trick or two up his sleeve?
  • 45:00 This is a nightmare Match up for for Jusuf Nurkic
  • 47:20 How can the Blazers win this game?
  • 49:00 So, the Clippers are an actual team? Seriously.
  • 51:00 Closing Comments
  • Outro