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Who Takes the Fall for the Trail Blazers Playoffs Performance?

Lillard? Stotts? Olshey? Is anyone to blame?

Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Pelicans - Game Three Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang review (begrudgingly) Game 4 of the playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and New Orleans Pelicans, then put the series in perspective as a whole. They ask if the Blazers forgot how to play the game they dedicated their lives to, analyze where Portland went wrong (and where Damian Lillard didn’t), sing the praises of Al-Farouq Aminu, and put a final bow tie on the postseason before taking a deep dive into the exit interviews.

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  • Intro
  • Opening comments
  • Reviewing Game 4, regrettably
  • Did the Blazers forget how to play basketball
  • Pelicans ability all series to break and build momentum easily
  • Drive. Kick. Score. Repeat.
  • Difference between passing to a player and passing a player open
  • Damian Lillard in this series- piece by piece
  • Al-Farouq Aminu showed up big time
  • Where does the blame fall? Players, coaches and/or match up?
  • How do you figure out Anthony Davis?
  • Will what the Pelicans do next round change how you feel about the Blazers?
  • Zach Collins the enforcer
  • Exit Interviews
  • Wade Baldwin
  • Zach Collins, professional question answerer
  • Meyers Leonard
  • Evan Turner, knows not to get as thick this summer
  • Turner: we have to be more consistent…building an identity outside of our two strong scorers
  • CJ McCollum and allergies
  • Neil Olshey
  • The irony of back handed complimenting Al-Farouq Aminu
  • Olshey on the defensive
  • Olympic analogies
  • “C’mon Joe”
  • Overall takeaway from Olshey’s interview
  • The need for “sweeping changes”
  • “Nobody was talking about sweeping changes 10 days ago”
  • Evaluating this team for what they did during the regular season and not for their playoff performance
  • Bridging the talent gap between Dame and everyone else
  • Nurkic disappoints in the playoffs
  • The awkwardness of the Nurkic press conference
  • NBA purgatory
  • Favorite moments from the season
  • Closing comments
  • Outro