Trail Blazers Television Analyst Lamar Hurd joined Team Mom to give his observations about the Western Conference Semifinals Game 1 and where the Trail Blazers could go from here. Did Denver do something to disrupt CJ McCollum’s early hot shooting? How can Moe Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu impact a game if they are not scoring? And what could be the key factors that determine the outcome of the series?
All this plus Lamar’s story of watching Damian Lillard’s series-winning shot in the first round.
00:30 What did Hurd and Kevin Calabro do during Game 1 since it was nationally broadcast?
1:30 Observations about Game 1: lots of unforced turnovers, there were a number of things that the Trail Blazers can control. Jokic is tough to stop so can the Blazers match the Nuggets offensively?
2:45 With their talented center, Denver poses a lot of the same problems as New Orleans did.
4:00 What happened to McCollum’s shooting? Did Denver take something away or play him differently? Blazers were the better backcourt in the OKC series, McCollum will probably heat back up again.
5:30 Why did Aminu and Harkless have such a quiet night? They need to be respected enough to be a threat. They will have to contribute more, but it is not so much about getting a certain number of points, it is about commanding attention and taking pressure off the other players.
7:45 Will the series come down to home-court advantage or are there other factors that could be at play? Experience vs. youth? Health?
9:30 Reaction to Lillard’s Game 5 shot. “Most incredible sports moment I’ve been a part of.”