Simons, Sharpe and the Trail Blazers Growth Chart

Your new favorite Portland Trail Blazers podcast is back! Episode 4 of Dave and Marlow picks up the Blazers’ story right after their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, but don’t worry! Dave Deckard and Marlow Ferguson predict a 1-1 performance in the Valley of the Sun against Phoenix, then discuss the other critical matchups in Portland’s six-game road swing. (Hint: Two games, in particular, could make or break it.) The duo also talk about the stability of Portland’s start, the potential fragility of their record and definitions of success after 20 games now. What goal do the Blazers need to hit to be fit at the end of the first quarter of the season?

Marlow and Dave also reflect on a hands-on win over the Houston Rockets. What did that show, especially for rookie Shaedon Sharpe? And how does Anfernee Simons evolve in the absence of Damian Lillard? What hidden and positive signs could show him that he is taking a big step in evolution?

They also handle the Memphis game. How did the Grizzlies cause Portland to suffer a rare loss? If you said, “Overwhelming guard power…”, then sure, but the Blazers also faced that in Phoenix with less of the roster and prevailed. There’s more to Portland’s strengths and weaknesses than meets the eye, and Dave and Marlow have it covered for you.

You also get the usual dose of player recaps, humor, and everything else you’d expect.

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