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The Blazer’s Edge Podcast examines Portland’s interior-scoring woes.

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On this week's Blazer’s Edge Podcast co-host Dan calls up the numbers to find out just how tough it’s been for the Trail Blazers close to the basket through the first six games—and then we try to figure out why.

Fortunately, thanks to contributions up and down the roster and consistent defense, they've managed to keep a winning record. But how long until Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic return to form? Other topics covered this week:

  • The Pat Connaughton nickname debate
  • Dame has more to offer than just shooting
  • Is Al-Farouq Aminu the third most important player right now?
  • Playing time for Caleb Swanigan and Zach Collins--how much longer will we see either of them on the floor?
  • Upcoming game predictions

References

Scoring percentages are from NBASavant.

Boxscores and other statistics from Basketball Reference.

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