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How Clutch is CJ McCollum?

Damian Lillard gets more credit and publicity, but is McCollum a go-to guy in his own right?

NBA: Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang review the Portland Trail Blazers’ recent games against the Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder, evaluate where Portland sits right now, talk good losses vs. bad losses, generating free throws, the “clutchness” of CJ McCollum the Blazers’ bench, and more!


  • Intro
  • WHAT meet up
  • Reviewing Blazers v. Rockets
  • Good Loss or Bad Loss
  • Gameplans and execution
  • Aminu shining- Favorite Play of the Season
  • Moda Center atmosphere
  • Disappointment v. Celtics
  • What went wrong v. Celtics
  • Is Baby Dame weighing on Lillard’s mind
  • Reviewing Blazers v. Thunder
  • Russell Westbrook loses his mind, again
  • Evan Turner mixing it up
  • Steven Adams as the peacemaker
  • What is a flagrant foul
  • Blazers losing a firm grip on the game
  • Blazers offense overpassing the ball
  • Drawing fouls like James Harden
  • How is Lillard getting to the line so much
  • Campaigning for calls v. working for calls
  • Is CJ McCollum clutch
  • What’s different this year
  • Where does McCollum rate as a closer
  • McCollum’s opportunities in the clutch
  • Is McCollum overrated
  • Understanding role and responsibility
  • Where does McCollum fall in the pecking order
  • Rating where McCollum fits in the league as a second option
  • What has happened to Blazers bench
  • Zach Collins and the rookie wall
  • Raymond Felton shows why he’s still boo’d
  • Closing comments
  • Outro