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Realistic Expectations for the Blazers at the Trade Deadline

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Danny Marang and Steve Dewald discuss the Trail Blazers’ recent slide and potential hurdles for the second half of the season.

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, host Danny Marang returns after a health related hiatus. Alongside Blazer’s Edge Associate Editor Steve Dewald, the duo looked at where the Trail Blazers are now, where they were and what we know—or don’t know—about this team as they head into the All-Star break.

Outside of that main theme, Danny and Steve delivered a rapid-fire win projection for the Blazers’ remaining schedule and touched on the upcoming trade deadline.

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Intro

Opening comments - we’re back!

Health & homes, the officially washed life

Where are the Blazers now: good, bad or otherwise?

Is it time to panic? 2:00

Bailing water is what needs to happen 4:00

Damian Lillard as the best clutch player in the league 5:00

Do we know what this team really is yet, two years later? 6:00

Looking at how Portland deals around the margins 8:00

Anfernee Simons, Damian Lillard and Robert Covington at the All-Star Game 11:00

Gary Trent Jr. showing he’s one of the best three-point shooters in the league 13:00

Simons developing as a playmaker 14:00

What are we seeing from Nassir Little 17:00

Why can’t the Blazers do more when Lillard is trapped? 20:00

Putting Covington back into a playmaking role 26:00

Second Half Schedule Pick ‘Em: how many wins does Steve predict? 30:00

Re-visiting award preseason award predictions 35:00

The Jazz are title contenders 37:00

Playing the young guys over the vets 38:00

Does coaching change the ceiling on this team? 44:00

Twitter questions! 45:00

Closing Comments

Outro