Drive & Kick, Episode 4: The Portland Trail Blazers are streaking

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What's gotten into the Portland Trail Blazers? A long winning streak put them on the map and victories over the Pacers and Thunder elevated them to the top of numerous power rankings. Drive & Kick host Paul Flannery talks to Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge about LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and the rest of the red-hot Blazers.

The hottest team in the NBA? That would be the Portland Trail Blazers, who have reeled off 16 wins in their last 18 games. Who better to have on Drive & Kick to talk about all things Blazers than Ben Golliver from Blazer's Edge and SI.com's Point Forward?

Among the topics we discussed:

  • LaMarcus Aldridge's renaissance and how the big man went from grumbling to getting MVP chants at the Moda Center.
  • The revamped bench and Neil Olshey's offseason work.
  • Terry Stotts' offensive gameplan and whether the defense is good enough to sustain their early-season success.
  • What Damian Lillard means to the Blazers and Portland (everything, basically.)
  • Expectations and what constitutes a successful season under the Portland microscope.

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