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In this episode we discuss: – The Trail Blazers resurgence from 11 games below .500 and how they did it. Ben outlines Portland’s turnaround from late January all the way to the closing days of the season – Ben’s piece for SI.com on the Blazers outlining their near worst to playoffs and what it took to get there. The evolution after Portland acquired Jusuf Nurkić and what he’s meant to Portland – The Nurkić effect on Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. Does his addition make the backcourt duo viable going forward long term and will it be enough to overcome the Warrior’s backcourt of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson? – We take a bit of tangent discussing the overall change from “typical lineups” to the evolution of small ball. Does Nurkić offer enough to keep the Warriors from staying in their small all lineups? What kind of player does it take to change the paradigm? – Is Noah Vonleh the small ball big the Blazers have been looking for? Can he show something, or enough of something in this series to prove it one way or the other? – Ben and I break down the overwhelming odds facing the Trail […]

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