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The Blazer’s Edge Podcast does a deep dive on the Portland Trail Blazers 2017-18 preseason.

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Hopped up on a combination of Fan Fest euphoria and cold medicine, Blazer’s Edge Podcast hosts Dan and Tara discuss which training camp stories have fans talking, what they learned from the intra-squad scrimmage, and what they’ll watch for this season. Is this the year Meyers Leonard levels up? Will C.J. McCollum surpass Damian Lillard in high scoring for the team? What does contract-year Ed Davis bring to the table?

Highlights

1:40 Training camp storylines: Meyers Leonard going hard and playing though mistakes

6:00 Caleb Swanigan vs. Ed Davis vying for the starting spot

7:15 Ed Davis, king of practice trash talk

8:20 “Steve Blazer”, “Boomerang Steve”, Intern Steve Blake and our favorite Blazers autocorrects on our phones

12:30 Zach Collins looking good

14:05 Ed Davis covering lots of ground, bringing the ball out of the paint, finishing with his right hand

18:05 Meyers vs. Jusuf Nurkic at Fan Fest

20:10 Why has Meyers been used on the perimeter rather than rolling to the basket and in the paint?

22:30 Who will be the leading scorer on the team, Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum?

27:20 Trying to describe the charisma of Jusuf Nurkic

29:45 What going to Nurkic on the block early in the clock might look like. His success scoring on the block is not as great as you would think. But will it be better with the Trail Blazers?

40:30 The Blazers foul a lot. Will they reduce the number of fouls this year or will the new Bad Boys make them count (keeping it clean and legal, of course)?

47:20 Looking forward to preseason games: lots of fast guard play coming up.

48:50 Who starts at power forward?

Foul statistics from Basketball Reference

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