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Trail Blazers Confident About Their Current Run, Future Chances

Portland is surging and they see no reason why it should stop.

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The Portland Trail Blazers are confident that their current streak of six wins is not fool’s gold, and that they’ll be a force to be reckoned with as the 2017-18 NBA regular season closes. Jason Quick of NBCSports Northwest brings the view from Portland’s locker room as theTrail Blazers lift high hopes for the immediate future.

In the lengthy slideshow presentation, Quick cites multiple team members. Damian Lillard talks of newfound cohesiveness:

“In the past two years, when we went on great runs, it’s always been CJ has a great stretch, or I have a great stretch,’’ Damian Lillard said. “But now, it’s much more collective – both this season and during this run.’’

Jusuf Nurkic addresses his early-season struggles to score around the basket:

“I told the coaches: ‘I’m better than that,’’’ Nurkic said. “And that I’m going to work on it during the (All-Star) break. Thee break gave me time to work and rest mentally.’’

Lillard compliments fellow point guard Shabazz Napier:

“All season long, Bazz has had moments where he has hit a big pull up or hit a big three, or made a big steal,’’ Lillard said. “He’s a game-changer, a big-time play maker...”

The slideshow includes more quotes and anecdotes, including extended sections on Napier and blossoming rookie Zach Collins.