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[Podcast] Blazers Heating Up in the Desert

Hear on-the-ground observations about the first two Trail Blazers games at Las Vegas Summer League from Blazer’s Edge staff, Miles Custis, Steve DeWald and Tara Bowen-Biggs.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 3 - Houston Rockets v Portland Trail Blazers Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

The Trail Blazers’ Summer League squad are two games into their quest to repeat their 2018 Summer League Championship. How do they look? Who has the hot hand, who still needs work, and who has been a surprise?

Blazer’s Edge staff members Miles Custis, Steve DeWald and Tara Bowen-Biggs share their observations about the games and the atmosphere at the tournament.

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1:00 Miles’ earthquake report and first impressions of Summer League.

2:30 Overall impressions of Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons. Communication was rough and that made it difficult to get any rhythm.

4:00 Some of the younger guys like Little and Hoard are still learning the NBA vocabulary.

5:00 There was a night and day difference between the first and second games. It helped that the shots were falling (and the competition was pretty undersized).

7:35 How much will the Blazers be looking to Anfernee Simons for playmaking? What can he work on to be more effective in regular season games?

10:00 Simons’ defense is looking good, especially down low.

12:00 The Gary Trent Jr game. Trent went off in the game against Houston, he was lights out from three and also able to get to the rim. He stayed in the zone without being a ball hog. He was willing to pass when he was trapped rather than take bad shots.

16:00 Thoughts on Nassir Little. In his debut he looked good on defense. Few if anyone was able to get past him in both games. He excels at one-on-one defense but its pretty hard to tell from summer league how his help defense will be. He looks big enough to play or guard small forward or power forward.

20:30 Jaylen Hoard is a fun player to watch, he has some European flair combined with the strength and conditioning he got from going to high school in the U.S. As someone who was undrafted, he has the potential to be a steal.

22:30 Other players who have been fun to watch include Devlin Robinson and Mike Daum. Daum had a whole cheering section in the audience.

25:00 More Blazers in attendance include Terry Stotts and Zach Collins (along with his mom and dad) and Meyers Leonard who spent some quality time with the Blazer fans and media.