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Blazers Look To Stay Afloat With McCollum and Nurkic Out

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What options do the Blazers have with two central pieces out due to injury?

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, host Danny Marang takes a look at what the Portland Trail Blazers could and should do with Jusuf Nurkic out for 8+ weeks, the re-emergence of Rodney Hood, the value of Robert Covington and Derrick Jones Jr, Enes Kanter’s ability to fill in as a starter, how to get more our Gary Trent Jr and optimize Carmelo Anthony, as well as adjustments with the late breaking news about CJ McCollum being out for 4+ weeks when further tests revealed more extensive damage. Be sure to like, rate, review and subscribe across platforms!

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Intro

Opening comments

Rodney Hood starts & looks...great? 2:00

What does Hood’s play mean — if anything? 4:00

CJ McCollum status update 7:00

Will Portland add another body? 8:30

Can the Blazers stay afloat while Nurkic is out? 10:00

Enes Kanter is fine as the fill in guy 12:00

How has Robert Covington looked so far? 14:00

Derrick Jones Jr/Covington leading to good things on both ends 16:00

What changes are actually showing up in the adjustments? 18:00

Balancing Carmelo Anthony’s role & possessions 20:00

The inconsistency of Gary Trent Jr.’s place on the team 22:00

How can Portland get more out of the bench? 24:00

Establishing the pecking order 27:00

Listener Questions!

Mathew

@MathewPurcell

Will Little see the court Monday? Who starts at the 2 Monday and beyond with cj out? When will our D finally click?

Loving the steals and finger tips on balls but our 3pt d seems to be let them shoot their average and deal with it on the offensive end.

Slater Smith

@slaterjsmith

Will Giles off the bench fit better with Melo off the bench? (Vs. the Kanter pairing)

Dion and the Belmont Goats

@Culcordia

How much time you think Giles is going to get while Nurk is out? Is it time to develop his talent, or do we play it safe?

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