Blazer's Edge staff writer Evans Clinchy joins the weekend edition of the podcast to break down all aspects of the Los Angeles Clippers - Portland Trail Blazers first-round playoff matchup and discuss how the Blazers could possibly steal this series from Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and the rest of the Clippers.
Click on the times below to link to that part of the conversation!
- 0:00 - Intro
- 0:46 - Welcome Evans Clinchy; Brandon says Blazers > Clippers in 7
- 4:36 - Evans says Clippers > Blazers in 6-ish
- 6:02 - Chris says Clippers are in make-or-break situation with current core
- 8:24 - Clippers' fans overconfidence is sort of understandable
- 9:30 - With 44 wins, Blazers would be seeded 8-10 every year since 2000 except this year
- 11:21 - Clippers' massive collapse last year, lack of playoff success overall
- 12:40 - Blazers' togetherness will benefit them in the playoffs; Clippers don't have that
- 18:32 - Does this together have a REAL, tangible benefit in the playoffs?
- 19:56 - Eric Griffith's CP3 v. Dame article: Dame hasn't fared well
- 23:12 - Big question: How do Blazers match up against Griffin and Jordan?
- 26:27 - Blake Griffin hasn't looked good since coming back from injury
- 30:06 - Clippers will be on point for this series, given their implosion last year
- 32:58 - Clippers bench: A little better than in years passed?
- 34:08 - Clippers adapted without Blake Griffin
- 37:27 - Allen Crabbe is to Jamal Crawford what Jerry Stackhouse is to Jamal Mashburn
- 39:24 - Chris Paul is an excellent game manager
- 41:11 - CJ and Meyers broke out in last year's playoffs: can anyone do that this year?
- 46:56 - Clippers are DEAD LAST in league in % of shots taken at rim
- 49:07 - Stotts v. Rivers: Does Stotts have anything up his sleeve?
- 53:06 - Jordan's a sub-50% free throw shooter: Will Blazers employ hack-a-DeAndre?
- 56:00 - After this podcast, do Brandon or Evans want to change their series predictions?
- 59:30 - Outro: Don't store your bananas in the fridge, folks!
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