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Are the Blazers Positioned for Another Slow Start?

This week’s episode of the Church of Roy podcast delivers a deep dive into the Trail Blazers’ 2021-22 schedule.

2021 NBA Playoffs - Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

On this week’s episode of The Church of Roy podcast, hosts Brian Wilcox and Steve Dewald take a detailed look at the Trail Blazers’ 2021-22 schedule. Before getting to the games, Brian and Steve discuss the potential pitfalls of digging too deep into a future schedule in the month of August. When it comes to the games ahead, both hosts raised concerns about the back-to-back heavy schedule that the Blazers open with.

In the second half of the season, Steve circled a 10-game stretch that features eight opponents that failed to qualify for the 2021 NBA Playoffs. Is that the window for the Blazers to move up in the standings? Brian and Steve also discussed the importance of Portland’s pre-deadline schedule. Could that stretch factor into Damian Lillard’s thought process?

Brian and Steve examined a way-too-early look at win projections in the final segment of the show. Do they agree with the Blazers’ position in the Western Conference? Who is most likely to move up or down in relation to summer win projections?

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