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Portland’s on a roll. How long can it last?

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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 past week as the Portland Trail Blazers notched impressive wins over both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder. Meanwhile Damian Lillard continued to dominate on his rise to superstardom, Evan Turner made a big-time cameo, Zach Collins broke out, and the Blazers improved their defensive look top to bottom. They also discuss Jusuf Nurkic finding his groove, and whether this is the best the Blazers have been since the departure of LaMarcus Aldridge!

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Intro

Reviewing the past week, Minnesota Timberwolves & Oklahoma City Thunder

The Others

Damian Lillard and MVP talk

Lillard vs Minnesota- best performance of the season

Evan Turner shows up big time

Zach Collins- the play ender

Putting Collins in a position to excel

Collins’ defense vs Oklahoma City Thunder

Tempering expectations

Russell Westbrook and the inevitable meltdown

Making up for boneheaded plays

Coach Stotts tinkering with rotations

Mixing and matching with the big men

Blazers sticking to the defensive game plan

Pat Connaughton with energy plays

Maurice Harkless’ impact- how does POR react

Blazers offense settling in

Jusuf Nurkic increasing his efficiency

Nurkic giving 13 & 9 in 24 minutes a night over the last 8 games

The Blazers have become a true defensive team

Lillard is no longer a negative on the defensive end

Are the Blazers playing the best they have in the post LMA era

Adjusting expectations while still looking forward to the future

Who’s most likely to make the next step

Internal development, how much is left

Closing comments

Outro