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ESPN Talks Blazers’ Resiliency & The Postseason Ahead

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The Jump panel discussed the Blazers’ bounce-back year and goals for the NBA Playoffs.

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The Trail Blazers place in the Western Conference standings combined with their thrilling overtime defeat to the Thunder to earn a lengthy segment on Friday’s edition of ESPN’s The Jump. Rachel Nichols, Scottie Pippen and Amin Elhassan exchanged their thoughts on a myriad of Portland-related topics.

  • The panel highlighted the Blazers’ decision to run things back after an embarrassing exit in the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. That choice earned a tip of the cap in regards to Portland’s resiliency.
  • Nichols implored viewers to spend a few moments researching Jusuf Nurkic’s fascinating journey to the NBA.
  • Pippen framed that the Blazers need to secure home court advantage once again for this year to be considered a success. Elhassan proposed a loftier goal: a trip to the Western Conference Finals.
  • At the end, Pippen revealed that the Bulls would purposely target postseason seeds that didn’t involve an early matchup with the Pistons.

Do you agree with Pippen or Elhassan? What are your realistic goals for the Blazers’ postseason run? Tell us in the comments below.