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WHAT Did We Learn While Damian Lillard Was Out?

CJ McCollum, Gary Trent Jr. and Mario Hezonja are among the players who made waves while Damian Lillard was out.

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On this week’s Hoops and Talks podcast, Cassidy and Tara choose celebrity ambassadors, discuss the playoff race, comment on the outstanding play of CJ McCollum and Gary Trent Jr., and give Mario Hezonja some love for taking one for the team.

Then it is time to choose our players for the 2010s All Decade team. Listen in and tell us which team would win!

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1:00 Who would be your choice for celebrity ambassador for the Trail Blazers?

5:30 Blazers are not that far out of the playoff race.

6:30 How much does it matter if the Blazers make the playoffs?

8:30 What is the value of playoff experience?

10:05 Mario Hezonja is having an impact, getting fined.

13:30 Despite the mounting losses, the games are still pretty fun to watch.

14:30 What have we learned about the team while Lillard was out?

18:00 Gary Trent Jr. has been playing like a seasoned vet but he needs a nickname.

19:00 Listener mail asks us, what about moving CJ to the bench?

23:30 All 2010s decade draft. Cassidy’s team: Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Camby, Jusuf Nurkic, Evan Turner. Tara’s team: Brandon Roy, CJ McCollum, Maurice Harkless, LaMarcus Aldridge, Ed Davis, Al-Farouq Aminu. Which team wins?

34:00 Knicks just cannot seem to Do the Right Thing.


37:00 Stephen returns from the G League.

39:00 Outro.

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Music used in the episode: “Happy Alley” Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

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