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Dirt & Sprague, Tuesday 2-14-17 Hour 1

Feb 14, 2017|

Sprague, is back with his thoughts on the Blazers trade for Jusuf Nurkic, another 4th quarter collapse against the Hawks, and how much blame Dame & CJ deserve.

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Yeah what's up everybody it's dirt when I thank you for tickets and time out to listen to be podcast of our show brought to buy less Schwab tires doing the right thing since 1952. Sap lost. Okay. And we are so high they will certainly take eleven. Millsap look like he's got it off in time. Maybe you'll win it. Second. Tell me where time. This is dirt inspiration you know everybody in the so many close game. Closing and also while it's. On looks I mean. This is once. A lot of zone which endangered Johnson and Brendan sprint and nobody wants. Seize this opportunity that I have more than me but I've worked very hard for years been working very hard. On the season to spirited and stuff and through. This type of opportunity. I can tell you the players are looking you know she doesn't call for me love swimming and all those religion morrow worked my ass off. Durden spray gun Kenny it's. All right let's do it twelve votes to in the rose city time for nerds break here on 1080 the fan. They're after death bed a man welcome back to the show I gotta admit that I'm pretty pissed. So. I like to say there's a lot and people is that we haven't still technically you're sick and yes it actually felt like I was gonna die. I looked out my window three retiring like I'm gonna die like this is it. It was that bad yesterday but now to a point where I feel great I just have a little bit of mucus buildup out guys they're going to be season in confident you get everybody in the building sick now have to release in east I've only cop like twice today and that was at home I'm good I'm ready to go you're carrying your general toilet paper you'll be just fine you never know right you always got to be ready to attract but I was I was really upset that it missed the show yesterday to not be able to talk about the trade and how it all just kind of went down like that. Like that's built just for me like I was a golf yes is going to be great let's start Monday off talking about that trade we joked about the yes it was your shows like 75 for an NBA talent idol and going back to OKC it was it was all NBA play in India is not MBA but just the trade in general like Brandon Phillips to the Braves now I knew you're gonna go to the Cincinnati Reds gonna cover thirteen of his fourteen million dollar salary I was so pissed that I can governor talked about how about that dude Brandon phillips' goal of the brave that's good man we need that veteran leadership in the clubhouse don't really get that little friend alana and I. As a bad you know. Brandon Phillips of old time look that they're going the veteran leadership with the younger. Cast mates that's what they're doing because they're so young and so many different positions they got Freddie Freeman a re seriously breaking down Atlanta Braves roster right now you still have Mac campaign he got Brandon Phillips at second he's still got Mac camp get out of here go look at Mac -- numbers of the Braves are I think he'd be pleasantly surprised is -- lady was -- 26 games this year's eating its 27 once the over under on games for Mac can you just need the club house I leadership does this site are shenanigans to with a three of the members of the show have legion baseball teams to root for Levy winning chance in the upcoming season that we're just talking about your squad to start to show off let's just take it day off sick. Is snowflake he can't make your lane of the building and they become an and you rob the opening segment c'mon now. We meet our rob young fans that might be some baseball stuff I don't talk man to. We had somebody text that it SA like 1206 like how about that deal. Brandon Phillips of the Braves stay out take I cannot be OK with Brandon Phillips goes there was a solid I like that you know I I did I do wanna say though mum. The reason I didn't really talk about the use of Dirk gates Mirotic know our ditch deal Yasser insane out over and over again well. What's the opinion though. Did anybody think that that was a bad deal no no bend all of her booted a little bit he took KL steamy dump on it but to listen to what it was an he didn't think it was a bad deal he understood my idea is basically what he said right it was a plan B and her cage. He thinks sucks so that other pitches and a great player I would disagree with them there and that was the party conclude. Yeah but you got to draft pick out of it yet that's what you want to say nobody nobody said it was a bad deal I think that the only frustration I sense a blaze and Jesse I agree 100% what this is. DD excitement now about that trade. Was to have 31 round picks right and that was apples are I mean that's when I got off on the frustration is here we are again. What I read and what I did what else did you expect at this point but that's where you know here we are again that that's what you're looking forward to once again we're looking forward in the draft to seeing with 31 round picks can turn into I think people that are realistic reached that point months ago like it did it's just said slap in the face of reality that gap here we go again that's the draft that's how the. Steams going to be built yeah I mean any time you can get something for player you're gonna get nothing from losing out I'm OK with that one and people who did the pick but I think. Where he was mistaking a little bit was what you could combine now pick Nguyen well I will say this I will costing people on this because I tweeted absolutely love that move because I was ten minutes late to the news of that breaking right in on on Twitter and of course she missed the big news outlets waivers so. I see that deal and apps to love it because again you're gonna lose calmly like wheat and they don't have any salary cap space for clumsily which is all had a conversation because they paid Meyers Leonard forty million dollar absolutely that's. That's the issue but still you knew you were going to lose him so here's where I view it. You have another asset to basically play with and dingle and figure out who you can bring in if it's not in the draft. It's gonna be through trade via draft right using those assets. I would caution people though also on this. This is not he slammed on given that this is a great move I love it because you at least got something for plum labors is nothing. But let let's act like Neil OC could possibly win fondness now and that was my take yes it it was all love it when I know what those 31 round picks turn into an here's an example that I'll give fans out their four. Because I can hear that well it's a first round picks Spragan they have three of them and now they got more flexibility. A caution you on that and the reason Al caution you on this is Boston. The Boston bleeping Celtics are a prime example of don't count your chickens before they hatched the Boston Celtics have eight million. Could Jillian at first round draft picks and the Roth from bad teams mainly the Brooklyn nets they're gonna have potentially the number one overall pick in the draft. They've been sitting on that asset in these assets. For two years now trying to turn it into something what do they turned him into and they've been trying desperately to make those picks turn and so they it may work out for a long term and they may find a trade partner at some point NT nineteen you can land a free agent too but that is not a a given that just because you have good assets that it's going to still work out in your favor there is a negative sides of the trade in that it can end up meaning nothing. But still I like that they were willing to part ways you know go you're not going anywhere this year. You know he's gonna leave you knocked in a match on Elizabeth and get him in the OC which you can get four and that was investing for me is I think the team got worse. That was the best news out of the trail you know so at this point I guess that that's is that you know we talked about it briefly yesterday about arm arm ready for losses I hope they continue to. I'll op last night I got a little concerned they score the first seven of overtime. And then they and then take out of apply and they give a tall straight they got lost couple more ping pong balls are saying is now headed in the right direction Dino they're one and eleven now. When trailing going into the fourth quarter I don't really want to pound at home and Joseph at home yet and a black and the only one they -- opening night in a bus eleven straight. I don't really want pounds too my job Meyers Leonard but oh no let's council Meyers Leonard was yesterday not deem most Meyers Leonard AM all time he goes out and shoot around yeah say this is the opportunity I've been waiting floor. I'm in the starting line up Obama are running it says he threw up mom's spaghetti yesterday anyways not to on stage. Ask and everybody from the 313 to throw their hands up they follow they were not throwing their hands no no leaves early in the arms were having. Is there anybody that will defend that guy anymore does anybody still believes that Meyers Leonard and I said this for the year in you kill me for this I said give me forty games yeah foray really in all out on Meyers Leonard who let. We're past that point fifty years. Young guys this is who Meyers Leonard is watch the next game he'll score nine points to 866 rebounds and you'll think well. Now he's turned it no this is who Meyers Leonard is golly gee -- wilders he's going to be in the gym though working his ass off today stressed the Wii's that's how whereas the 06 from 31 a seven from the field the only shot he took inside the three point line he made so low he had Wii was a 100% from the floor inside the three point line it just was steel for six from three that that's curtail yes arm back in the saddle but let's not area leave here let's start off with this one this is a pretty big deal and this involves the show. I'm pretty pumped about this inning Jason Zweig artist pumped about this for the first time. And Dirks 27. Year last when he seven anymore you jerk he has about one guy. The first Valentine crane Peter Johnson its entire life lasted a I can't believe age is George changed me by calling me twenties and I know a snarl I'm sorry. Over the jump Humphrey did know Ahmad baca we'll be honest to god for all jokes aside what is the last time you can say you have to balance. College a country and in omelet I'm not the relationship you know you're not relationship guy and all you can they that the IAA we've been milkman as a Valentine's Day a mob boss said. She's jazz it up we're still one solid tell this story on the air I'd delayed a lot of my plans for tonight and tell yesterday okay. So I've but I'd buy tickets the movie the she wanted to go see Liu forty tolls when movie and yet she knows but apparently the only seats left for the show or second round. Preceding second throw it's I got back gullible are we gonna be right under Christian grace John and I had AM I had I had an idea to go to an Italian place Celadon yes. Dad no tables they had a table all reservations were done like hey Aaron. Prior to two days no Valentine stem yet they were full fiesta guy gel okay but as you know labor goal and two are going to go to Mexican place that's really likes. It does take resurrection it's first come first serves Gregor. Earth got births are. So yeah we're we're doing good you know I got early an age guys flowers at the house then I'm I'm also waving lose screwed up the restaurant bigs so bad that now you go into a pet Mexican restaurant she life then why he's going to gee he's looking simply it's got into our growth may have god. They're good tacos I get a burrito elegant little guy and a good believing. Come on now now you gonna make me come from laughing so hard Nolan listeners and it is not talk about that promise so that was nice. Turkoglu of all time for. Meth Doug Ober and let me tell you we don't have to get our car to get it. We can drive right through just you have the president is right we'll sit next to each other in the car maybe I'll even ask for little love messages on the hot sauce and I go out. Sharon Casey DL that's dragging into squares I duties Claire's let's do this thing you didn't think in the back near mine. I'm and a half she's gonna have to endure an entire season of baseball. And re watching games. Dominic go full board and I'm gonna go reserve a restaurant like a month ago you didn't think about that part do you know we're talking to right now it's pitchers and catchers reporting date every Major League Baseball team I know. And well she's seen album does a sustainable and you sell this week couldn't find a restaurant in reserves summit and for her. She's gonna have to endure like Diamondbacks giants on a Tuesday and she's. Not gonna wanna album garner is on the hill c'mon now yes now the blue generals Diamondbacks on a Tuesday this this is Matt Cain vs the diet this can happen I'd like that's not entertainment news summer you had these guy did good to me I guess category of mobile report back tomorrow but I think on the whole it's a little patchwork it was put together someone at the last minute but I am feeling a little perform well tonight well and I think listeners all agree. Mean she's clearly a special lady. She's clearly a special executive in six inches is all that they need somebody Jackson is not all secondly you know you gotta worry about a second Valentine's Day. Yet now let's get it AOL folks I promise the only thing I'm thinking about right now is you being the guy from movie waiting that brings his wife then. Any orders like two shots of whiskey and like a running coat and a little hell it's our anniversary shall have a regular Pepsi. That's all you can buy a rendition doesn't laid the diet she's gonna go regular. Real strong lady happy love day to everybody out there on two or actor and Sprague at Peter Johnson and that Brandon spray coming up next. The blazers give us team propaganda with their exclusive interview with the old same boy did we learn. Nothing you got turns break on 1080 the fan welcome back yeah 1218 you're on 1080 the fans. On you get to a certain point I think so why guard is for sure there are some pretty there. Palestine days cool. But like it's not like keyed. You have to do something every year thing. Did they give your buried for a long enough. I don't think you have to be married he could be was somebody from my years it's nice Canada. When he is a change after five years he still needed some. I sit up on Valentine's Day on it is it is a made up holiday to let's not forget that it's amazing that it's a made up holiday to steal money out of my wall it is what it is thank you my man right I mean there's no validity to it yes I know some of those same mound I know that Texas could come in but it's a hallmark holiday. Yeah hey we have an exclusive interview one on one with blazers GM Neal all O'Shea he's joined a weight ally now Nana wait an identity of oh no I. Okay swagger are no sorry we don't have no say one on one he doesn't do interviews oh wait yes he does he does exclusive. Interviews. The Portland trailblazers I don't know how they did it but the Portland trailblazers yesterday about them they were able to get in the old Shea. To do an interview it would it was an M a remarkable site I couldn't believe those watching from my couch and I thought. Boy kudos to the trailblazers how did they managed to book in the old Shea I'm so jealous of the trailblazers. And their exclusive one on one interview wooden the old sake let's go live to Brooke Olson damage she reads pre written questions. Approved by Neil should take it. I saw yesterday night just got a crack allies how Iraq's you to go live to rebels and Emma wanna hear what she had to say well let's start here she did asking all say about the trade of Mason calmly in this was his. Answer. And nobody wants to. Cynicism that doesn't sound like area impending free agency was certainly a factor. We love Mason we're gonna miss from around here we would've been in the second round of the playoffs Lester without them. But there are certain realities managing our cap we felt like we would need to get younger at the center position he wanted more low post player summit to defend size strength. We found that would Yusuf. And look this is the part part of the business is if guys get attached to but you've got to make business decisions and we felt like in the long run this will pay longer dividends to having a younger guy and a rookie scale. We manager capped with that he gives us a different look defensively buys a big time rebounder. And I think you'll make the game easier for guys like Damon CJ because we've got more presence in the paint now defensively. Yes so that's his explanation for trading Mason calmly which. Mean did we need to hear him explain that. No lead that's exactly I mean that that was a fine answer them there was a reason they traded and they weren't going to be able to pay him in the offseason I did the question I would love if Neil would ever come on the showed as a followup is one that's not gonna happen when it'll never happen but must follow to that would then how much conversation was there internally last year about Meyers Leonard Mason glumly. The reason they cannot afford to keep mesa implement this offseason is because they paid Meyers Leonard a four year forty million dollar Contra or 41 excuse me got for your forty got that extra million met occasionally at four years 41 million and that would be that that's an easel question in this guy I get the Mason thing they were to be able to keep him. I loved what he brought to the floor almost ninety played his ass off I thought he was a good two way player. Wasn't as bad defensively as some people maybe thought because the internal defense has always been deemed to be pretty bad this year but. That's the question Daniel O'Shea needs to answer and has not answered yet. Well in and get this part so if you missed it the blazers aired this interview at halftime because the game was nationally televised there is no local TV broadcast. So they did this six elusive even called in an exclusive. Because they had to work so hard to get annual Shay to talk to the on their own team. That they put this out on their social media web sites. And this is me olds say this is only the second question he was talking about how close Portland has been this year to going from where there are now. To being more in the thick of it in the Western Conference playoff race. You know wants justice continue to compete. You know we've it's it's ironic to we've been a lot of games Terry in the players that are great job of making comebacks. Keeping us competitive and a lot of them innocent 5050 balls just haven't gone away. Some other teams have made big time shots and are having gone down but you were probably six point swing overall from being you know a six or seven seed. Verses where we are today so. You're right there right on the cost you remiss CT obviously I'd take a little while for Yusuf to kind of get acclimated to our system but. You know we're always gonna compete you know being led by guys like Damon CJ you know we have a chance to win every night. Yes there's six points overall from being where they are now to being six or seven seed in the Western Conference playoff picture I just. And don't make any sense I know I don't know what alternative fact she's looking at to come up with that information so I I saw this on Twitter yesterday wanna give credit to this this is David McKay who writes for blazers edge in actually does a really good job. And I'm sure a lot of blazer fans out their follow him on Twitter at David McKay. NBA the blazers have allowed a 129 more points and they scored this season yes and so people try to break that down in the world that does it he's talking about close games. Will McCain responded to that basically mathematically and under perfect conditions the most you can possibly get back in a six point swing. Is three wins. So you're still below 500 years three wins better than what you are now a year long not to succeed in the west. I don't really like a look at it figure obviously gonna come out and and say positive things in general manager of the team but. What this trade signified wasn't giving up on the year rhyming just trading Mason plumbing you got worse market isn't as good in my mind is pummeling on on the visa's gonna fit on either under the florist is a big lumbering summer. You got works and getting another draft pick to me was a sign of you're looking to the future and that's why you're gonna try and address. Your knees either drafting three guys are packaging those three takes to try and move up and get a top five guy. Whatever they end up doing so to come out. And in say were close send and we miss CT even though ET just got hurt he's missed how many games now since he broke green in three games. I ease sucked up to that point anyways. That the message was just funny to me like they're still trying to cling to group were close when clearly. That is has not been the case is here you've found different ways to lose games there's games that you haven't been competitive in. There's been nights you haven't shown up and you just look how far back they are in terms of the standings in the Western Conference at the bottom half of the west socks we all know that but. And a year basically ten games out of the seven seed. At 88 and a half games out or seven and a half games out of the of the seventh seed in the playoffs so the saving your six point swing away from being in that situation is just. Ludicrous you know. And I don't I don't wanna pile on somebody like Brooke has Brookstone a great job. If she works for the team so she's kind of doing you know not only does she wanna talk to Neil I'm sure. But the team is also a well let's put summing up from Neil because it's a big trade and a lot of people love me some calmly right. I would love honesty from Neil Sheehan just how he viewed the roster going in vs how disappointed he is right now with the performance. Because he's also the same guy that said by the way herein mean nine games better will that is mathematically impossible at this point. So just easier raw honesty from them instead of this. You know that this yeah it's of I'm talking to the team in. How many dvds is most BS polite answer is possible I love to hear the honest because he's a fiery guy right it would suck this year we haven't lived up to. It'll plagues haven't really go our way in 5050 balls at worst six points for being fifteen games better will know you're not now. And we can see the writing on the wall on Portland's a very Smart. Basketball city you don't have to be SS with all of it and I'm also not asking me to throw people under the bus I just being should be hear his response. Two yeah I you know I signed this whole roster and I thought they do this in. You know I think just like everybody on the team I'm very disappointed in just getting a little more real than what he gave you said that what three question halftime interview that they provide. And yes there there was three questions down and it just that the only thing I'm significance they came out of it was them saying they're still active not to that was breaking news or should be a surprise. But him saying we're still active ten days off from the trade deadline MP camera looking for ways to improve the roster. I EC Serge Ibaka get traded today it took Terrence Ross to go get him turns Rossum a role player for Toronto scored by ten points per game but. I think just in terms of a contract in town on the floor Terrence Ross is probably better than anything Portland has to give up. At this point at at the trade markets and I just gotta tell you where the markets that it does yet what does it take to go out and get a a difference maker if you will. An extent days but that was the only thing of significance that I got out of that and are. You yeah when I saw the tweet that they were and they give us an exclusive by I just I think a lot of people out there. He's you can read between the lines like I didn't expect anything and it walk away from I think the wild cloud he did that interview luggage and onto did I said this yesterday hammered home on hammered home again today outing that that the main positive out of the trade. Is he got worse. And and I highlighted yesterday going into the show yes don't just looking at the standings in the NBA where everybody's at the blazers going into the show and the eleventh worst record in the NBA. There were seven teams that are around them better within a three or four games striking distance in terms of you can be as bad as them yap and and that to me was the excitement it is strayed on it sucks to say is if anyone root for your team to lose. But last night was another icing on the I'd love to see the Louis last night because you pile enough for those up your three or four games out. From potentially having a top five tech. And it just that what you could do with a tickets in the top when he picked its may be in the mid twenties and a ticket to the top five. Changes drastically did if you continue to hang on you just missed the playoffs are you get the eight seed and that Pickens and be in the thirteenth or fourteenth pick one I can do. You're talking about the blazes to someone finally is called out the two stars in this blazers team in game in CJ and says they shouldn't be this bad. And there's a part of me that believes. Pretty spot on with what they say some people disagree but there's a part of me that doesn't believe that they're absolutely right that's next. I would like to happily tell you guys that I was wrong over the weekend. I set the owner particular thing rolling them listen the the over under from avoid John wake gets 26. Million yeah I didn't hit the over. If the over. Thirty million and a box office and how many lines and have sixers says my gallery is 124 words or Tony five or too easy Ron Allen in all honesty and well under 200 words total. My favorite was his back and forth with comments you know common the rapper common demand movie he is it is a good actions he within in common to stop. And they know each other 'cause of both assassins of the sitting in a bar. He's come and is talking about how easy you know we got to fight each other general goes. Yeah. Takes shots and slams a glass. Yet. And it it is kites and and just like yup it that's all I need the Oscars coming soon hi is that all you need that was a bad ass movie. And I don't mean like that is not good I mean like it was bad ass. Action murder. Unrealistic scenes it was everything I wanna Crawford David standing ovation and clapped Donald end on a jury did I would throw popcorn and nobody it was a good movie Kosier dumped back Eddie Garcia that'll take your word for I well for some. This year for the Portland trailblazers criticism of Damien low alerted. And the blazers play has been foreign has really existed. But for others. Absolutely it's a lot of blame on Damian Miller amongst other things Neil will shape the roster certain guys Terry Stotts except her. Well last night on TNT Charles Barkley was not afraid to give his two cents on Damon and CJ at halftime in this is what Barkley had to say. Heard of these guys they would not be a lot of club where you're. Tonight no no most nights where you're the coach Jordan minimalism these guys they shoot their retirement earnings don't give cruise some nights ago and would you know you don't get a system after they got more talent than they show. Your job as a player not just to get yours doesn't you say that I disagree you know and you disagree not think they got more talent. Did they plan like mission they should be in the playoff to got. One of the two of three best guard common nations an MBA. You should not be a nine to see. So there's Barkley on team in CJ. And one of the best back courts in the NBA they should not be the letter to NC I don't know I disagree with that ram in top three back courts in the lead on tough format backwards in league the only new Washington's in the mix that Ronald you wanna draw men there. A Golden State obviously either they're in that conversation as one of the best best back courts in late in and to be weather around in terms of a record standpoint. Is a disappointment I. It is said it would be fun to play with the bad teammates. I understand it was her worries trying to come from but also say I don't they have a tie help on this roster I just it it's a flawed. Roster top to bottom just not a good fed and an I like to a Kenny had to say you know laughs that Kenny coming hammer home that. It would data this is is not a good sadly when you have Damon CJ you need to have a good defensive team around them you need to have a good defensive three and a good defending big man and in a good defense of power forward. And they just don't have that this year and so I think is I think from a structure stamp ploy and hasn't been a good fit but. Did the maven I wanna say is just that is if lowered to get a get a lot of the blame which he has this year I see a lot of blazer fans turn on him quickly this season. Off from going from loving him from way to lasted all of a sudden let's trade and we don't need him anymore he can't play defense. It will we talk about this being a back or let's remember there's two of them and that's been my thing all year that if we're gonna claim this is one of the best back courts in the league. If you're gonna blame the backcourt then both of them deserve a share that blame Glenn that's. That's kind of where I commence a first of all the whole enjoy to play with I I'm not gonna comment on that that's Barclays opinion. From what I've gathered just being around some of those guys in the locker room from seeing the clock that comments in the quotes but these guys love to play with some. But there's a part of me debt and no we don't do this in Portland very often we are a special city and we love this team so much that sometimes we're too attached to it for her and we can't accept criticism of our city or our team. And it really pisses people off and Barkley is climate probably has a lot of people off yesterday. But I look at it just is an MBA guy and again and it's seen from time and time again on different franchises. If you're gonna be the face of a franchise and you both Kenny you're being a hundred million dollar backcourt which they are. You have some responsibility. To make your team better now it's not a perfect roster I would argue it's probably a little slot as well. But how many stars really get a perfect roster like you have to work with what your dealt her. And so these guys go to bat for all these players they all get paid LB contracts they'll exceed expectations last year. There is an element where it's not just dame it is CJ and I am not afraid to call that out it's both of them need to look in the Mir and say. Is Barkley wrong on what he's talking about where year Bobby the second or third best guard duo in the MBA. She GB is bad as you are now part of this is their defense. And that's never going to change I'm sorry guys it's not they're not gonna work with Gary Payton in the offseason that's not happening. There is it is it's not in them they don't wanna play defense they don't wanna commit to it. Like they do on the other end. So Intel that happens you gotta look around and say what can they do to make the team better and they're gonna hurt him on defense can they improve them on offense and anyway. And I think at times you know other guys miss shots and that's unfair. But he's not wrong to like to avoid complete crew got criticism from these two players. Is I think just idiotic. There once the face of the city and franchise the other is paid a hundred plus million dollars. They deserve blame for where the teams that if Terry Stotts is gonna get it. Neil should put the roster together so he gets a lot of it. You know Allen Crabbe in his contract if you're gonna point it at all these other people. You also have to absolutely point eight at your backcourt duel of dame in CJ so I think there's a certain element for me. Where he says you shouldn't be this bad. Iger agree a 100% you should be worse he'd be worse than Denver. I know joke you just been an amazing player this year Jamal Murray's been a great rookie. They've got you will throw off the bench is good in and Demi animal is phenomenal to watch. You shouldn't be worse than Denver yeah and so for me there's absolute blame that deserves to be laid on both Dane and CJ. Yeah and an ending that's that the point you know as we have some folks Chiming in look at the plus minuses from last night that's a telling stats and a lot when you looked a ball played 41 minutes in both missed fifteen shots dame as a minus twenty CJ was a plus two. I do think it's important notice well that CJ does play stretches against the second unit that's just kind of way the rotation works he's the first one in the minutes are staggered so they're not the say it's not the same 41 minutes and dame for the most part is is usually playing in starters more than CJ isn't you look at what Atlanta's bench didn't ascended into inning didn't have anybody on the bench go for double figures small Jewish Schroeder killed Schroeder did and in most or points came from the starting lineup so that's where when you look at the plus minuses where bird comes from. And inside it there's no doubt it's been a frustration there's no doubt that these guys deserve blame because they should be making the players around them better. On batches it Intel I see this roster with a good defense a unit around them I'm not going to be able. To judge whether or not it's gonna work and to say that they're bad teammates they don't make guys around him better. I also don't like because you look at what they did last year and a lot of that has to do. You know when I hear the negativity being about Lowe heard. You know people saying he can't carry a team worries that a good teammate he's not certain other guys up mobile was your opinion last year when misty wasn't supposed to do anything and they found 44 games they made to the second round of the playoffs granted. They got a lot of breaks along the way nom I will never denied that but that was still a team that even without brakes would have been in the playoffs last year. And they were picked to win 26 games Allen Crabbe had a great year Mason probably had a great year in his first kind of blossoming here is a starter. CJ McCollum had his breakout season and we don't give Willard any of the credit for that now one year later everybody turns Ottoman in NASA's you know somebody said what's the difference. In a CJ what's his flaws and then not being able to play defense. The doesn't set up teammates look at the assist numbers compared him alert on the season he's not a good as good of a distributor the load averages more rebounds per game. Honestly ushered Miller takes bad shots probably more than CJ does CJ is probably more efficient. In terms of scoring the basketball but both of them have flaws and and I think that's been my biggest frustration this year. As I sit a lot of blazer fans just turn around Millard and say that he's the problem he's the issue. When for the last four years he was that the toast of the town we've been immediately switched our opinion because they're having a disappointing season. Out loud people are texting and right now the syntax I have 55305. On team and CJ. And how much blame you give them for the team and the way that they're playing this year. And a lot of people are disagreeing with Charles Barkley. On Damian Miller and CJ McCollum what do you think are they to blame a big part. For where the rat that's our poll question of the day I believe it is is actor and spray on Twitter. Our poll question of the day Barkley says he wouldn't wanna play would Damon CJ because they're bad teammates how much blame do they deserve. Zero to 25%. 26 to 50% 51 to 75. Or 76 to a hundred right now. The leader is 26 to 50% of you voters out there. Think a lot is to blame with dame in CG when you think 55305. We'll talk about that next three to keep Texan also. Well hodgepodge in the NBA before we get some football stuff at the top of the 1 o'clock towering actor and Sprague. Back with more on 1080 the fans we were discussing Damian Miller and CJ McCollum does Charles Barkley if you're just tuning in the Charles Barkley had this to say at halftime on the duo and their play in where the team is at right now. Currencies because they would not be a lot of club where you're. Tonight we all know most nights where you're the coach Jordan and has some these guys they shoot their retirement earnings relative threw some nice so you'll win. Would you know if you don't can assess the last thing they got more talent than they show. Your job as a player not just to get yours doesn't you say that I disagree you know and you disagree not think they got more talent. Did they planned migration they should be in the playoff you got. One of the two of three best guard common nations an MBA. You should not be denied to see. And so a lot of people here because of the way that they played and under performed by a lot of people's standards. Is there validity to Charles park police comments a lot of people in the taxing at Centex I've 55305. In dirt there's a certain party you. That disagrees with what he's just yeah I mean led. They should be better than they are nobody's gonna disagree with that we we've had expectations for this team and they're ready go to the second round of the playoffs at least this year and they they've been huge disappointments on marketed disagreement that I also. For Charles Barkley got a comment like that as an it would be fun to play with 31 month and his teammates is ridiculous. He is he'd never play but the guys it almost reminds me. A George Karl coming on saying Millard the issue when he's never met or talked to Damian Miller was Barkley know what's going on inside that locker room. Or what it's like to play with these two Wii doesn't. So we stocking he's just talking about Sony doesn't necessarily have any evidence to back it not been. But I just I I look at the structure this roster like this like it last night for an example Meyers Leonard had six open shots from three. How many may. On nine he would know first from three none Bob nobody lays you starting power forward. No violation not be starting in the NBA they'll Molly Wei looks. Worse yet worse by the day a great to have Nicholas Batum on this team as you all for that can handle the basketball play defense who argued that a couple years ago that's right idea but he was overpaid blazer fans wanted to ship about a town. We got no Obama you played fourteen minutes and scored one point we Gerald Henderson perhaps fear and he was good for half a year and then he walked in free agency Allen Crabbe has been huge disappointment this year Al farouq Aminu was one of the most wildly inconsistent shooters you'll find in the NBA. I did it just it did the notion that this all falls unloaded CJ. If frustrates me it does in and I I have been frustrated all season long with the negativity towards low or like as a fan base we have been asking for a guy. That's good in the community that wells spoke in that's a good player on the floor. That that doesn't get into trouble. That one step B year now wants to build disorganization on. And we finally got one and Damian Miller now is his status is a superstar is debatable ride top ten player top fifteen player. We can all agree or disagree on how talented he actually is and whether or not he can actually carry a team. The thing that our retirement that is there's one guy and the NBA they can carry team his name's LeBron James other than that nobody can do it on their own. Russell Westbrook a prime example that this your triple double but the seventh seed in the Western Conference so. It's just been interesting for me to watch after four years of putting Damian Miller and on this pedestal as the guy that we've been asking for the guy we've been waiting for. He loses the entire team around him they still make the playoffs last year. His numbers basically have gone up across the board the assists are a little doubt from where they were last year. And now it's his fault Lisa cinematic down because he can't make Meyers Leonard make open three point. Well and somebody kind of sharing your feeling let's just trade Miller McCollum for a taco carton we can be the Brooklyn nets stopped crying blazer fans and be glad you have a superstar. Somebody go loose Lucy's somebody goes or chuck is is don't agree with Charles much but this time I completely agree with him. Guard defense is bad going underneath the screens when shooting poorly. To me. And he when you lose these texting a jumbled when their debut it's kind of weird. Let's see somebody else as you don't get the fame and money when you kill it and not get the blame when you suck ass an elite players scores plays. Leads by example and steps up as the voice of the team that's not dame. Maybe in the future right now he's a good player. That's way is in I would argue that he does three out of those four is play defense is never gonna play defense but he does the other 30 we need to stop one missile defense covers these guys he didn't play defense before when they were great and they had a good team like all around and he did play defense last year -- -- playing even sister that's not a new things what basis they had a great -- enough time on the defense helped him but it is what it is I also like to point out the that they had a great defensive team -- first two years in the -- they -- -- -- west really -- you Wesley Matthews NIC -- Robin Lopez were all good defenders and a little to defend LA it was a good defense bad and it Indy means defense did not stick out with a sore -- another one Barkley is dead on they may be one of the top scoring duels but they are the worst defense of Levy did help -- Farrell get paid. Let's see another one. Bottom line is both Damien CJ need to get better defense and all this corrects itself right now would hire either of them to guard a parking garage. Let's see another one we've been a lot close we've been a lot of close losses take a look at Adam stats in those. Closers spots he's been dismal this year to lead guards should be able to. You know I can't I can't find them and some least Tex really pissed me honestly break coming legitimate players are on this roster outside a demon siege. I mean legit I Mosul legit claim I like how our grass is a good role player nothing more days but not hey I'm in terms of what they're relying on him did you do know they need him to be a fifteen point per game guy he's nowhere near that no he's not that. I would say Aminu is a good role player. And nothing more. Another one. I mean I would suggest starters are on this team starting players around the rest of the MBS that you would say that guys are starting three that guys are starting for black ice is starting five outside Damon CJ I would put crab in the category just because it depends on who he's playing with you split on the rockets with James Harden crab as a starter. Outside of that in and out. Not much yeah I just it if you think this is a back or take a more long term. It it's is you're gonna have to wait and see what Neil can be put around them and and that's the difficult thing is it's a patience game. Until they fill the voids on this roster defensively. All that we're gonna talk about is how disappointed we are and how bad they are defense of. It matches where it is I just wanna make sure that if you're criticizing. The those guys Damon CJ make sure it's those guys. If if there are one of the elite backcourt cannons in the NBA they deserve similar criticism. Because outside of being an elite scorer which all say CJ is even though game scores more points per game but he's a better shooter from three. And I think he's more efficient on offense what else is CJ bring to the floor. Other than his scoring. Well not much to be honest with you what does he averages says twice three. Is even at three assists a game where his is and change. Three three assists a game is really says in 33 point six assists three point I had 33 point 63 point 603 and a half assists per game last year he average edged. Four assists against his assist numbers have gone down as well well and that's why dirt that's why people have this hole and I know I'm I might be in the minority in this conversation now. That's why the conversation exists of what you do with Davone TJ. That's why people wanna break them up and make maybe maybe he'll have to long term. Mean we'll come to a conclusion and say this is what we have to do it's not gonna work ex Eric said Iraq. But even though I'm in the minority of that but that's a reason right there is what is CJ give you outside a scoring he's an undersized two guard yes. And that's difficult part. So the Portland trailblazers continued to be frustrating but maybe at this point we're all happy that they're losing games because he's won more ping pong and I love that man keep losing ball games people all over time leads people on halftime lead them completely firemen that paint we got a lot to get to any second hour of the show some NFL stuff NFL true or false of course. What else do we got in crunch time neck crunch time in some fighting news not some exciting McGregor Mayweather news. But we'll start our two. Was installed. That we're all gonna enjoy on I promise she will really love this next hour to during spring on the fan.