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Tara and Dan are joined by Dave DuFour to discuss where Portland goes after Rodney Hood’s injury.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang are joined by Dave DuFour of The Athletic podcast network to discuss all things Portland; the Carmelo Anthony Experiment results are in, Rodney Hood’s season-ending injury, what the Blazers should/would/could do going forward, tank vs. chase, asset management, expectations and goals for the season, the problem with Portland’s defense, developing young players, tribute videos and more!

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Intro

Dave DuFour!

  • The most surprising thing about being closer to the Blazers 2:00
  • Why do the Blazers foul so much? 4:00
  • Defensive schemes and personnel 7:20
  • Who has been the best defender for Portland recently? 12:30
  • The loss of Rodney Hood for the season 15:00
  • Next man up 18:30
  • Rodney Hood and Jusuf Nurkic parallels 20:30
  • Identities and injuries 22:30
  • LaMarcus Aldridge and the Blazers 24:00
  • Signaling a change for the season 25:00
  • What kind of help is out there right now? 32:00
  • Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford! 33:00
  • Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder 35:00
  • Portland can’t afford to hold onto the expiring deals? 37:00
  • Using assets on Gallinari vs. Giannis 38:30
  • Tara forces a trade storm 40:00
  • Taking the “chance” to tank 41:00
  • Tank vs. Chase 44:30
  • What is Neil Olshey likely to do? 50:00
  • How has Carmelo Anthony looked after a few weeks now? 55:00
  • Mentality of the team and Damian Lillard? 59:00
  • Portland and tribute videos 1:04:00
  • Closing comments