Sam Tongue

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Videocast: Blazers push toward the playoffs

After a recent 8-1 stretch -- and an epic win over Golden State -- the Portland Trail Blazers head into the playoffs. Dave and Sam discuss how Portland's regular-season performance will translate to the postseason series versus the Houston Rockets.

Videocast: The Joel Freeland Effect

With Joel Freeland back healthy for the Trail Blazers, Dave and Sam discuss the effect he can have on the team as the Blazers move closer to the postseason.

Videocast: Where did the mojo go?

Despite earning a playoff spot, the Portland Trail Blazers are still making games too close against bad opponents and failing to summon energy against quality opponents. In this Videocast, Dave and Sam discuss how the team can regain their swagger.

Videocast: Here Come the Playoffs!

After the Portland Trail Blazers eclipse 50 wins and securing their first playoff bid since 2011, Dave and Sam discuss both the imminent postseason as well as the final regular season games leading up to the playoffs.

My First NBA Game As A Media Member

Sam Tongue attended last week's Portland-Chicago game as a media member for the first time. Here's how his view of the game changed after getting a behind-the-scenes look.

Videocast: Portland Rights The Ship

In this episode of the Videocast, Dave and Sam recap one of the best weeks for the Trail Blazers post-All Star break, and also look ahead at a few games that could solidify Portland's spot in the playoffs.

Is Stotts Responsible for Portland's Struggles?

In this Videocast, Dave and Sam discuss how much responsibility Trail Blazers Coach Terry Stotts holds for Portland's recent record.

Videocast: Injuries, Confidence Hurt Blazers

In this Videocast, Dave and Sam discuss the recent struggles of the Trail Blazers, including how both injuries and lack of confidence have negatively affected the team.

Batum or Matthews?

In this Videocast, Dave and Sam tackle one of their toughest questions yet: if you could only keep one, would you rather have Nicolas Batum or Wesley Matthews?

Survive and advance

The Portland Trail Blazers snapped a four-game losing streak in the Big Easy Friday in a game that was all about survival.

Victor Claver or Thomas Robinson?

In this edition of the Blazer's Edge Videocast, Sam and Dave talk about the pros and cons of Victor Claver getting playing time over Thomas Robinson and the progress that each player has made in recent weeks.

Videocast: Where Have the All-Stars Gone?

Dave and Sam talk about the inconsistencies of LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard in recent weeks, and discuss the importance of Robin Lopez during that same stretch.

Videocast: Is a CJ-Lillard Backcourt Feasible?

In this edition of the Videocast, Sam and Dave talk about the feasibility of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard pairing up as a starting backcourt, including the pros and cons of a move like that.

Blazers' Potential Explains Quiet Trade Deadline

Potential was a word thrown around in most post-trade deadline analysis. Judging from two main criteria -- periodic success and not panicking in crunch time -- Portland's decision to not sacrifice potential seems to be the correct move.

Thomas Robinson: Trials and Improvement

After a breakout performance against Minnesota and increased playing time due to injuries to other front court players, Dave and Sam field a question about where Thomas Robinson can improve his game.

Videocast: The Trade Deadline and Beyond

Now that Portland saw the NBA Trade Deadline come and go with no fanfare, Dave and Sam tackle a question about what the future of the roster could (and should) look like moving forward.

Videocast: Recapping All-Star Weekend

Dave and Sam break down all things All-Star, including how Damian Lillard fared on Friday and Saturday and Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge's lack of playing time on Sunday.

Let's Embrace The "Mount Rushmore" Debate

Approaching the "Greatest of All Time" discussion as a Mt. Rushmore is a better approach than trying to single out an individual.

Videocast: Trade Talk!

Dave Deckard and Sam Tongue address the trade prospects of the Portland Trail Blazers as the NBA Trade Deadline approaches.

Videocast: Heading to the All-Star break

In their weekly recap, Dave and Sam chat about the team's recent road trip, give their thoughts about the team headed into the All-Star break and discuss how expectations of the team's "success" have shifted.

Blazers' Subs Can Find Success Without Big Stats

Huge bench production doesn't guarantee success in the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers should be more concerned about creating a reserve unit that fits together rather than one that puts up huge numbers.

New Videocast: What do the recent struggles mean?

In this videocast, Dave and Sam answer an email question about what the past few weeks of struggles mean for the second half of the season, and how the Trail Blazers can turn it around.

Videocast: How Are the Blazers Doing?

Dave and Sam shake things up with a slightly new format for the Videocasts. They also cover the week the was and the week to come for the Portland Trail Blazers.

"Snub" Talk Overshadows Other All-Star Stories

NBA All-Star voting week has been dominated by chatter about the "snubs" who didn't make the team. Shouldn't we be focused on who did make the cut?

Image Is Everything During All-Star Voting Week

There are certain weeks when the "Image is Everything" slogan becomes more apparent. All-Star voting week 2014 was one of those moments.

Videocast: Batum, Lillard, Road Wins, LMA for MVP

In this edition of the Blazer's Edge Videocast, Dave Deckard and Sam Tongue tackle some of the more non-traditional stories of the day, including Portland's above-average road record and how Damian Lillard can tap into his Oakland connection.

Roster Depth Is Biggest Issue Facing Blazers

Roster depth could be the biggest problem facing the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blazers Are Approaching "Now What?" Crossroads

With seasons not going as originally planned -- whether positively or negatively -- Portland is one of many teams facing major decisions about the future of the organization. The question then becomes: Now what?

Videocast: Lillard, "D", and Robinson vs. Leonard

In the first Videocast of 2014, Dave Deckard and Sam Tongue of tackle the most pressing issues of the New Year, including Damian Lillard's driving, Portland's defense, and the great Thomas Robinson vs. Meyers Leonard debate.

Blazers' Quick Reload Serves As Model For Others

Portland is becoming a success story in the "one year rebuild" trend of the NBA, displaying how a yearlong collection of moves has the ability to turn the fortunes of a team around in less time than expected.

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