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Have We Already Seen Who the Trail Blazers Are?

2020-21 has been full of ups and downs, as have the last two weeks. Do we know Portland or is there more to show?

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Portland Trail Blazers podcasts don’t come much more positive than Dave and Dia. Dave Deckard tends towards the realistic side of things, but co-host Dia Miller always likes to find the bright side, the thumb tack of optimism upon which to hang a thread of hope. But this week, even Dia has to admit that something is up with the Blazers.

Recorded after Portland trounced the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, but before they did the same to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, the podcast opens with a healthy dose of appreciation for Anfernee Simons and his record-setting three-point barrage against the Pacers. There’s hot, and then there’s ridiculous hot. Simons was the latter.

The dynamic duo can’t avoid the prior week’s record forever though. They give props to Jusuf Nurkic for an amazing game against the Grizzlies, but then roast and toast Portland for not coming to play during the weekend series against a possible play-in foe. Dave openly wonders what the season is about, if not to win games just like that. They speculate about Damian Lillard’s health and aggression, spend a long time debating the culpability of Head Coach Terry Stotts, then run down the Western Conference standings and look forward to whatever a play-in for the 2021 NBA Playoffs might hold.

Is this the dirge for the 2020-21 season? Not quite. They still find reasons to follow, leaving open hope for a turn-around. They also agree if the Blazers have something to show, it’s long past time to show it.

Did twin wins against Indiana and Memphis change your perception of the year or not? That’s going to be the key question after this show. You can click here to listen or just hit the blue triangle on the embed below!