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Trail Blazers broadcaster Lamar Hurd joins the program to discuss the recent improved play of the Blazers, including the defense looking sharper, Jusuf Nurkic playing his best basketball in years, Anfernee Simons' breakout and Nassir Little's development. Hurd talks about the growth the Blazers have made since early in the season as well as Nurkic'…
 
MAKE SURE TO LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, & FOLLOW US EVERYWHERE! FULL INSTALLMENT OF EPISODE 45 Topics: Anfernee Simons Story, Fortune Telling, Hamidou Diallo. Darius Bazley, Cam Thomas & The Nets, Lance Stephenson, Duane Washington Jr., Cassius Stanley, Antione Davis, Detriot Mercy, Kyle Kuzma, Washington Wizards, Klay Thompson's Return, Jordan Pool…
 
January 6, 2021 Another week of the season is down, and the Blazers struggle in their first two games but pull off a beautiful win against the Hawks, even with Damian Lillard out. Anfernee Simons is breaking records and Nassir Little is shining. Dave and Dia discuss Jusif Nurkic being a difference maker, once again, The duo have a lot to unpack abo…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers came up just short against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night, losing 109-107 in a game that came down to the final shot. It was too much Anthony Edwards (40 points) and not enough Anfernee Simons and CJ McCollum (32 points combined), and yet the Blazers still had a chance at the buzzer to win the game. This one …
 
The Portland Trail Blazers wrapped up a six-game road trip at 4-2 with an impressive win over the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. The Blazers built a huge first half lead and then held on in the final three minutes to close out a road 12-day road trip, playing their best basketball of the season. Go figure. Plus, Damian Lillard spoke to local media on S…
 
It's the latest Special Delivery Mailbag from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about the future of the Trail Blazers four guards. Portland probably can't keep all of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Norman Powell on the roster, leaving so tough decisions about the direction of the franchise on the immediate hori…
 
Tatted from literally head to toe, Amir Johnson has been considered a trendsetter in the NBA tattoo culture. Being one of the first guys in the league to go neck down with his ink. Johnson went straight from high school to the league and was engulfed into a fully veteran Pistons team. Amir’s NBA career began in 2005 before tattoos gained real popul…
 
The Trail Blazers lost in Miami on Wednesday night, 104-92. CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons each had monster firsts halves but the Heat defense locked up the Blazers down the stretch as Bam Adebayo put Portland away in final seven minutes. Today's episode also breaks down the Western Conference Tiers, ranking each of the 15 teams in the West by gro…
 
January 19, 2022 The Portland Trail Blazers spent their week winning games, and Dave and Dia are pretty happy about it! Despite Damian Lillard having surgery and sitting out, and CJ McCollum having a baby and also sitting out, the Blazers are picking up wins, one at a time. Anfernee Simons is the shining star of the week, but the duo also discuss o…
 
My Friend Chuck (Charles Tuggle) joins the show to revisit our over/under predictions from the before the season started to see how right, and mostly how wrong, we were about the Trail Blazers now that the team has hit the halfway point. Here's a hint we were mostly wrong about Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum and underestimated the roles and impacts…
 
CJ McCollum made his return to the court for the first time since Dec. 4 on Monday, helping the Trail Blazers easily dispatch the lowly Orlando Magic, 98-88. McCollum finished with 16 points and looked mostly like himself in his first game back in nearly six weeks. Jusuf Nurkic was a force inside for the Blazers against Orlando, grabbing 22-rebound…
 
MAKE SURE TO LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, & FOLLOW US EVERYWHERE! FULL INSTALLMENT OF EPISODE 44 Topics: Stanley Johnson, Denzel Valentine, Rajon Rondo, Follow Us Everywhere, Ezra Ausar, Liberty Heights, TSF, Dream City Christian, Media Boys Exposed, Big South Shootout Story, Informadem, DTP Basketball Events, Franz Wagner over Dirk, Hamidou Diallo, D…
 
Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of The Dunc'd on Podcast joins the program to talk about the Trail Blazers ahead of the trade deadline and what direction the franchise will take from here. Can Portland trade veterans and retool around Damian Lillard or is it time to launch the full on rebuild and see what massive trade haul for Lillard is out there? P…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers lost a game on Thursday but look that's not really all that important. The Denver Nuggets scored a lot. It wasn't competitive. Got it? Okay now let's skip to the good part. TRADES! Yes, trades. Specifically trade chatter from Bleacher Report's Jack Fischer that has the Blazers linked to Indiana center Myles Turner and Det…
 
January 1, 2021 It's been a full week of Trail Blazers news and Dave and Dia are on it! The duo talk about the losses and the wins, Anfernee Simons new star status, Just Nurkic versus Tyler Herro, Nassir Little versus Kyrie Irving, the status of the players and of course, Damian Lillard. The duo also explain the upcoming Blazers Edge night and how …
 
Damian Lillard is headed for abdominal surgery, will reportedly be out for 6-to-8 weeks and is very likely done for the season. This is the best move for Lillard and the Trail Blazers while shifting the priority for the team for the remainder of the season. It's time to tank. Make that Tank, rather. So what does a Tank, capital T, look like for the…
 
Portland’s iron man, Damian Lillard, is going under the knife Thursday. While this news has seemingly been coming for days now, it's officially here. What does it all mean for Rip City? On this week’s episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, beat reporter Aaron Fentress is joined by former Blazers radio play-by-play guy Brian Wheeler to discuss the L…
 
It's the latest Special Delivery Mailbag from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about Anfernee Simons joining Damian Lillard in the next iteration of Portland's backcourt. Is moving forward with two small guards a reasonable plan? How is it any different than CJ McCollum and Lillard of the past six seasons? Is it groundhogs day …
 
Anfernee Simons scored 23 points and dished out a career-best 11 assists to lead the shorthanded Portland Trail Blazers to a 114-108 win over the Brooklyn Nets. Simons didn't shoot well but had the best floor game of his career in guiding the Blazers to a stunning upset win over Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Nets, who came into the game 14-3 o…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers dispatched the Sacramento Kings, 103-98, on Sunday night at the Moda Center in a game without Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum or Norman Powell. Anfernee Simons had 31 points, Jusuf Nurkic came up one assist shy of a triple-double and the Kings did their part by being pathetic. It was a nice win for a team that hasn't had many…
 
Portland’s season from hell continues, but the Trail Blazers have a prime opportunity amid the chaos. On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, reporter Aaron Fentress and Joe Freeman agreed (gasp!) that this brutal season offers a chance the successful franchise hasn’t often had because of the brilliance of one Damian Lamonte Ollie Lill…
 
Tara Biggs-Bowen (@tcbbiggs) of We Have A Take joins the show to talk about the stretch run of the Trail Blazers season, how to assess Chauncey Billups' first year as a head coach, prioritizing development over wins, the growth of Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little and what massive changes to the Blazers roster might mean for the fan base. This epis…
 
MAKE SURE TO LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW US EVERYWHERE FULL INSTALLEMNENT OF EPISODE 43 TOPICS: Hawks Health & Safety, Lance Stephenson, AJ Lawson, Call-Ups, Isaiah Thomas, Mac Mclung, Real reason for the G-League, Nate McMillan, More Hawks Talk, Volume Shooters, No Attempts=No Points, Thanos Offense, Narrative Ball, Curry's Record, Aden Holl…
 
Jason Quick of The Athletic joins the show to talk about the Trail Blazers loss to the Miami Heat, Jusuf Nurkic's skirmish with Tyler Herro and Anfernee Simons' recent emergence. Then we zoom out to take a look at the direction of the Blazers in the second half of the season and as the trade deadline approaches. Is Damian Lillard going to return to…
 
The InkedNBA Hall of Famer himself, welcome Brandon Jennings! When he left high school for Rome, Italy to become a pro, he found inspiration everywhere, from the graffiti in the streets to the architecture, he saw things through an artistic lens. Brandon talks about his early days of getting tatted and the relationship he’s formed with legendary ar…
 
It's the latest Special Delivery Mailbag from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about the Blazers' future and whether it's time to embrace the tank for the remainder of the season, what a trade package for Damian Lillard might look like and the defensive potential of Portland's young contributors, Nassir Little and Anfernee Simo…
 
MAKE SURE TO LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW US EVERYWHERE! Full Installment of Episode 42 Topics: Chet Holmgren Update, NCAA Update, Scoot Henderson, "Stick Boy", Paolo Banchero, Holiday Hoopsgiving 2021, Maki Johnson, Huntington Prep (WV), Cruz Davis, J.J Taylor, Dok-Muordar, Dillion Mitchell, Kwame Evans Jr. Jalen Hood-Schfino, Derrick Queen…
 
Anfernee Simons had the best game of his career on Monday night, finishing with 43 points and seven assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 136-131 win over the Atlanta Hawks at the Moda Center. Simons' set a career-high for scoring and became the youngest Blazers player ever to score at least 40 points in a game. It was a special night and it came …
 
With the trade deadline about six weeks away and the on-court production leaving a lot to be desired, let's zoom out and take a wider look at the future of the Trail Blazers. Damian Lillard wants to win in Portland and the franchise needs a reimagining to get their star point guard closer to championship level or even postseason threat level. So wh…
 
Jason Quick of The Athletic joins the show to discuss how he angered Damian Lillard and the current state of the Trail Blazers. Dame is angry, the team is extremely shorthanded and there aren't a lot of easy paths forward. What can we learn from a team missing eight players, how has Anfernee Simons' fared in the two weeks with CJ McCollum in the li…
 
The Trail Blazers lost to the Utah Jazz, 120-105, on Wednesday night. Portland was yet again extremely shorthanded and Utah is just a really good team. That is a formula for a loss. Is there more to it than that? Well, not really, but Reggie Perry made his Blazers debut and the former second round pick was a little bright spot in a stretch of disco…
 
December 29, 2021 Dave and Dia are back and recovering from Christmas. The two discuss the covid epidemic currently taking over the NBA, and how it's affecting the Blazers (and the league). The G-League call ups are a point of passion for Dia, and Dave talks Christmas movies, because frankly, we could all use a little Christmas cheer. All of this p…
 
It's the latest Mailbag Monday from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about what exactly is the Trail Blazers' plan, whether the season is salvageable, which Blazers would be the best snow day pal and why fans are freaking out more about this season than in year's past. That might sound like more doom and gloom than fun lighthea…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers were blown out at home on Monday night and there were plenty of built in excuses. The Blazers were missing eight players due to health and safety protocols and injuries. They were facing a Dallas Mavericks team with a distinct size advantage. Portland hadn't played in a week and was missing its head coach and lead assista…
 
Seven Trail Blazers have entered the league's health and safety protocols and are set to miss 10 days before they are eligible to return to action. Portland will be without Jusuf Nurkic, Robert Covington, Dennis Smith Jr., Ben McLemore, Cody Zeller and Keljin Blevins for at least the next 10 days, and somewhere between four and give games, after al…
 
December 23, 2021 It's almost Christmas and the Trail Blazers aren't giving up this season. Dave and Did break down the 4 games from the last week (2 wins and 2 losses). They talk about how covid is affecting the NBA (although thankfully not the Trail Blazers so far), and where the Trail Blazers are currently at. Lots of talk about Damian Lillard--…
 
Brand new to the tat game, Myles has always been interested in self-expression and the creative arts. His sister got him started with their matching tattoos, now with his foot in the door the addiction has started. Myles lucked out finding his tattoo artist Deanna James in Dallas, Texas. Growing up in a strict family he remembers what was drilled i…
 
The Trail Blazers' next game is postponed indefinitely so let's lean into the nonsense and have some fun. A listener asked to find bright spots during a drama filled, losing season and I went off the beaten path to track down a few. Plus, I searched the annals of Blazers history and the Euro League All-Star teams to find potential replacement playe…
 
The Portland Trail Blazers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 111-97 on Tuesday night. Damian Lillard dropped 39 points and got ejected in the closing seconds during a frustrating and deflating loss to a bad team on the road. It continues a trend on the season in which the Blazers have bene one of the worst clutch teams in the league. Their calling …
 
It's the latest Mailbag Monday from Locked On Blazers! It's time to answer your questions about how many Blazers will get traded before the deadline, revisit the CJ McCollum sixth man debate, discuss Portland's new starting lineup, and finally a run through which Blazers player is which beverage. It's a solid mix of real basketball analysis and non…
 
Dame back? Dame back!? Dame Back!! Damian Lillard followed up a 43-point night against the Charlotte Hornets with 32 points in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday night. Portland got its second road win of the season and Lillard topped 30 in consecutive games for the first time this year. It's time to open your windows and make some bold pro…
 
Jason Quick of The Athletic joins the program to play a game of What's More Likely, handicapping the next steps for the Portland Trail Blazers. What's more likely Damian Lillard requests a trade in July or Damian Lillard signs a contract extension? What's more likely the Blazers finish in the top eight in the West or pick top 8 in the NBA draft? Al…
 
It's not a ton of fun to watch Portland Trail Blazers basketball at the moment. On the latest episode of the Blazer Focused podcast, Aaron Fentress and Aron Yohannes discuss the rough times in Rip City and what could happen to lead the team out of it. They hit on: Recapping some of the rough times Lillard’s struggles continue A killer road schedule…
 
December 16, 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers continue to struggle through their season with 4 more losses this week. Injuries are still at the forefront of what their facing, but Damian Lillard returns after a couple of weeks off. Joe Cronin seems to be holding it down in the interim and all the trade rumors are flying as the deadline approaches. D…
 
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