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

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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.

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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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