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The Blazer’s Edge Podcast breaks down Portland-New Orleans in the first round.

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Blazer’s Edge podcast with Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang talking Trail Blazers vs Pelicans in the NBA Playoffs! It’s a quick look at keys to getting the series and Game 1 going in Portland’s direction, the hopeful of arrival of Playoff Nurkic, how the Blazers will handle Anthony Davis, whether or not the Blazers can play with pace, asserting dominance and more!

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Topics include:

  • Intro
  • Reviewing match ups vs Pelicans
  • Playing with pace
  • Can the Blazers play at the Pelicans’ pace
  • What’s the right pace to play at
  • Damian Lillard, master of pace
  • When will Maurice Harkless return
  • Could Wade Baldwin have an impact in the series
  • How will the Pelicans use Anthony Davis
  • Davis did his damage at the rim during the regular season
  • Alvin Gentry is a troll, here’s why
  • Dictating your opponents game plan
  • Will Zach Collins spend time on Anthony Davis
  • Jusuf Nurkic’s importance in this series
  • Nurkic establishing control offensively
  • Playoff Nurkic needs to be a thing
  • What are the keys to winning Game 1
  • Asserting dominance
  • Nurkic needs to be the jerk
  • Closing comments
  • Outro