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Tara and Cassidy take a look at how injuries are impacting the league this season.

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On this week’s podcast, Tara and Cassidy talk about injuries that have plagued the Trail Blazers and the league. We discuss our own personal sports injuries and what we learned from them and then look at how injuries have increased over the past several years. We ask why they might be occurring and what could possibly be done to curtail the rising rates.

Then we take a trip around the league and make up headlines to capture all the weirdness and excitement of the first three weeks of the season.

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1:00 Icebreaker: The Blazers are headed on 6-game road trip: Do you have any flight routines? Must-have snacks or entertainment?

4:00 Favorite moments from the Blazers in the last week or so are watching Damian Lillard score 60, Nassir Little being on the floor, Anfernee Simons making things look easy and being included in important end-of-game plays.

7:00 The injury bug has hit the Trail Blazers.

8:00 What we learned from our own sports injury stories, about love of the game and how the sports we played were part of our identities.

18:00 Cumulative NBA Injury Report tracker you can find historical information about the last 5 years worth of injuries.

19:30 Blazers have lost 29 player games to injury so far this season (in 10 games). Biggest year in recent memory was 2016 when they lost 172 games due to injury, which included 82 games for Festus Ezeli.

24:30 Are the number of injuries in the league increasing? According to ‘These kids are ticking time bombs’: The threat of youth basketball by Baxter Holmes, yes. (Note in the podcast Tara originally attributed this to Tom Haberstroh’s article NBA Injuries Are Mounting, Leaving League Wrestling with Who’s to Blame which we discussed later.)

26:30 How much of an increase is there really and how can we get the real story?

27:45 To change this, it will probably take a systemic approach rather than bandaids.

29:45 Why do more injuries happen? Shorter preseason, faster pace, specialization.

33:00 What are some solutions? Current players who have children playing in the AAU system have a chance to change that system.

34:30 There are a lot of things contributing to injuries, sometimes it’s just bad luck, like when Aron Baynes landed on Steph Curry’s hand.

38:00 Everyone get well soon!

38:30 Around the league: The Price of Gold Drops in San Francisco.

40:00 New Orleans Pelicans: Trust the process round 2?

41:30 Miami Heat: Miami flying high on multiple levels.

45:30 New York Knicks: Are Knicks about to Knicks it up?

47:30 Washington Wizards: The Wizarding World of Injuries.

48:30 Milwaukee Bucks: Blazers East looking good.

50:15 Why do people always assume stars in small markets are going to leave?

52:45 Outro

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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