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The Evolution and Explosion of Damian Lillard

Danny and Tara discuss the amazing run we’re all witness to on this week’s edition of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast!

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang marvel and discuss Damian Lillard’s absolutely epic week, running out of superlatives along the way. Then it’s the emergence of the “pink show crew”; Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr and Nassir Little, ranking Dame as an MVP candidate, all the listener questions about the upcoming trade deadline and what Portland would/could/should do, even more Damian Lillard praise and so much more!



Opening comments

Damian Lillard having the best run ever for a Trail Blazer

What’s your favorite part of what Dame is doing 3:00

He’s so good that the defense that defined him years ago is now obsolete 4:30

What’s one of the greatest things about having him on the team? 6:00

Appreciating Lillard for what he’s done 7:00

Where does Dame sit in the MVP ladder now? Is he up there with Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James and Luka Doncic? 10:00

What about the guys not named Lillard - Hassan Whiteside, Gary Trent Jr, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little 12:00

How has Trevor Ariza looked/fit? 17:30

It’s amazing what competent experience can accomplish 19:30

“Tara he has 100 points and 2 turnovers!” 21:30

“A week ago he couldn’t throw a lob pass and now he’s freaking Andre Miller!” 22:45

Not really worried about the defense right now when you’re dropping 120 26:00

Listener questions!

If Whiteside isn’t traded, will a different trade happen? 29:00

Should this recent run cause Portland to change their direction? 33:00

Assuming Nurk comes back this year and is playing at a high level, do you see him playing as a starter and Whiteside coming off the bench? 36:30

What is the max you think the Blazers would offer for RoCo (Robert Covington)? Have the young guys become untouchable?


The rise of Gary Trent and Ariza’s fit appear to be better than Baze? 43:00

“Do you watch the Bachelor?(Tara) I do not. (Dan) Well, here’s my Bachelor reference anyways…” 44:00

Barring a collapse by OKC or an insane run by the Blazers, it looks like the 8th spot is the highest attainable seed- which team is the biggest threat to the Blazers? 48:00

Was ready for Whiteside trade before, but the way things are going is it wise to keep him? 51:00

Who do you see being valuable role players going forward? 57:00

Hassan Whiteside being more impactful 1:00:00

Closing comments