5/17/19 Blazers Round 2 Victory

Blazers defeat the Nuggets 4-3! Blazers are in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000! The national perspective changes about the Blazers, Coach Yim’s accident, Nuggets fans yelling at Kanter to go back to Turkey, CJ’s shot, reactions, and predictions.

Jusef Nurkic – A New Second Option for the Blazers

Edward Galligan


“Jusef Nurkic is the 2nd best player on the Portland Blazers.” This was a Tweet I posted on my Twitter five days ago. This was before Nurk’s historical 20/20 5X5 New Years Day game. Lets quickly go back to the free agency of the offseason of 2015.

When LaMarcus Aldridge left for San Antonio in 2015 and Neil Olshey didn’t make an attempt to keep the rest of the starting lineup outside of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum assumed the role of the second best player on the team. This was now Lillard’s team, who Olshey would try to build around.

With 80% of the starting lineup leaving, this opened the doors for CJ McCollum to have his Most Improved Player season; where he went from averaging 6.8 points per game to 20.8 ppg, 1.5 rebounds to 3.2, and 1 assist per game to 4.3; per ESPN.com.

Since the 2015-16 season, CJ’s assists has gone down every year, and points have been very inconsistent. He can take 20 shots to only put up 15 points, or seamlessly score 40 points.

In 2017, the Blazers traded Mason Plumlee to the Nuggets for Jusef Nurkic, and the Blazers had seen its’ first glimpses of someone who could be a dominant center for the team in a very long time, and certainly the first center of this caliber next to Damian Lillard. Nurk Fever was born.

Jusef has consistently been a 15 point/10 rebound guy since coming to the Blazers, but this season, Stotts has started to use him a little differently, running much more of the offense through him. Some games it seems to work really well until other players start playing hero-ball, and other games isolation plays seems to dominate the floor, leaving the ball out of Nurk’s hands.

This last week, ball movement seems to be at a new high, and Dame has really learned to let Nurkic distribute the ball from the post. In the last week, Jusef Nurkic is averaging all-star like numbers; averaging 21.5 points/12 rebounds/5.3 assists/1.8 steals/1.8 blocks per game.

The most recent of these games was on January 1st, in an overtime victory in Sacramento, where Nurk made NBA History. Jusef had 24 points, 23 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 5 blocks (NBA.com); giving him the first ever 20 pts/20 reb/5 ast/5 stl/5 blk game in NBA history. Only 10 other players have even ever had a 5/5/5/5/5 game in NBA history, putting him in a pretty exclusive club of players.


I fully expect Jusef Nurkic to continue this dominant performance, albeit not a 5X5 game every night, if the Blazers continue to run the offense through him.

The Blazer’s next opportunity will Friday night at 7:30 at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. I imagine Terry Stotts will see how Nurk does against the solid defense of Steven Adams and adjust accordingly.

The Blazers won their last matchup with OKC by 3 and both teams are 7-3 in their last 10 games (NBA.com). We should be primed for another fun game Friday night.

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Blazers Finish Road Trip 2-4 After Hot Start To The Regular Season

Edward Galligan III


You always hear that every game counts. This season, in the Western Conference, every win is extremely important. Last night, before the game against the Golden State Warriors, the Blazers were first in the stacked west. At the end of the night, with the loss in Oakland last night, the Portland Trailblazers dropped to 6th in the tight Western Conference.

Portland started this road trip with losses against the Lakers, who look to still be still be figuring things out, and the new-look Timberwolves. These are two games you wish you could win on the road with both teams having new players.

The Blazers then win their next two games, one against the dysfunctional Wizards, and the next against the Knicks, who are without their star, Kristaps Porzingis. The first 3 quarters of the Wizards game was the best ball movement the Trailblazers have had all season, but went to playing hero-ball in the 4th quarter, where the Blazers lost a game high lead of 29 and only won by 10 points. In the game in New York, you wish the Blazers could put this game away early against an injured Knicks team with a game against Giannis Antetokoumpo and the Bucks the very next day, but couldn’t shake the Knicks in a game that had 12 tie scores and 15 lead changes. All stats in this New York matchup were very close, from rebounds, to assists, to field goal and 3-point percentages.

The Blazers finish out this road trip with blowout losses to the Bucks and Golden State. The Blazers looked very sluggish against the Bucks after a close game in New York, never taking the lead against the Bucks. Against Golden state, the Blazers only won the first quarter, losing every remaining quarter to the Warriors. The Blazers opponents dominated the stat columns in all categories in both of these games, including assists, rebounds, and all shooting percentages.

With a 3-game home stand starting tomorrow, the Blazers need to look to capitalize in these games against the Clippers, Magic, and Nuggets to stay in the top 8 in the west. 3 losses in the competitive Western Conference could possibly push Portland to outside the playoff race, albeit only a quarter of the way through the regular season. Moe Harkless being back will help with the Blazers on the defensive end with length against opposing teams wings and stretch 4s, and slashing and the corner 3-point shot on the offensive end once he is fully healthy and put back into the starting lineup. Seth Curry being back from his injury will help as well with his ball handling and 3-point shooting.

How will the Blazers finish this 3-game home stand? Let me know in the comments below!

All stats are from NBA.com

Why I Blog and Podcast

Edward Galligan III


It’s early-November. It’s a month after I’ve started Podcasting, and I’ve known since I wanted to start Podcasting that I also wanted to start blogging. CJ went off for 30 points against the Lakers on November 3rd and lead the Blazers to a win on November 6th against the Bucks with 40 points (per nba.com). I’m sitting on my laptop figuring out how to talk about CJ being back after a slow start to the season for my first sports blog. I then decide that I want my first ever blog post to be about why I’m blogging and Podcasting and my life leading up to it.

Let’s now go back to before July of 2018. I’m the busiest I’ve ever been as I’m getting ready for my wedding on July 27th. With little help from family, I’m picking up overtime shifts at work and every day off of work is spent wedding planning. Those who have gotten married know how many things come up that you have to plan and/or pay for that you would never think of.

July 27th 2018 is finally here after getting engaged in August of 2017. I chilled and drank with my boys in the morning, got married to my beautiful wife, and we got to our hotel afterward and were just completely exhausted, talking about how quickly the day went by, and how we wish we could do the day over again as a spectator. I then go back to work for a week before we leave for our honeymoon.

We’re now on a plane to Orlando, Florida. It’s the first time I’ve taken an extended vacation in a long time. I absolutely love the diversity and weather of Orlando and spending time at Universal. We’re then on a plane to Jamaica. I now have a little more time to chill and just think about life instead of running around a theme park all day. I’m thinking to myself, life can be like this. I want to be able to go somewhere when I want to go somewhere and do things I want to do without worrying about money, but this isn’t exactly something you can do with a normal job.

Getting back from my two-week honeymoon, I get straight back into working overtime, working stretches of eight, eight, and seven 10-hour shifts straight; with only two days off in between. But coming back from this long vacation, I have this new-found energy and immediately start looking into ways of making money from home.

In my research, I found things like being a Lyft driver, Swagbucks surveys, and the Lucktastic scratch-it app. I also found many passive investment opportunities, one of which, Fundrise, I have actually invested in. But thinking about it, living in Salem, OR, I’m not really in a good market for being a Lyft driver, so it’d likely be a huge pay cut for me; Swagbucks makes very little money for the amount of time you put into it; and hoping to win money on Lucktastic is like hoping you’ll win a lottery ticket.

The first real thing that caught my eye was blogging. I know that I’m a good writer, everything would be on my own time, and I can do it on my laptop or phone wherever I am. In further research, I find that there are many good blogging websites, and that there is a lot of money in blogging right now. But sitting and thinking about it for days, I had no idea what I would blog about.

The second thing that caught my eye was Podcasting. This idea was completely inspired by my cousin, Joey Thorn, when I started checking out his Amateur Hour Podcast. I thought his concept was brilliant, and there’s money in Podcasting, but again, I had no idea what I would Podcast about.

Still brainstorming Podcasting, I started to think about things that I like. I originally thought music and sports. I love both; but both topics together would be way too broad, and two completely different audiences. I then thought Sports, but other than basketball, I don’t follow sports as a whole any more than casually. So, that was it. It finally hit me. Basketball. I love the NBA, and could focus the Podcast on the hometown Portland Trailblazers.

Why didn’t I think of this sooner? I’ve been listening to the same sports radio show/Podcast for years, and have always been knowledgeable when it comes to basketball conversations, but never thought about this as a career for some reason. Like, I’ve watched every single Blazer game since Damian Lillard got drafted. This was something I could do.

With my mind set on Podcasting, I purchased some Podcasting equipment, and I already had a vocal recording program that I had purchased in the past. I had a friend in mind, but he left for a two-month vacation on the same day I left on my honeymoon, and he wouldn’t be home for another month, so I sent him a teaser text saying I wanted to talk business when he got back, and I patiently waited while doing my research.

Kevin was finally back from Europe and we went out to eat the day he got back. After a long talk of how our vacations went, I brought this idea of Podcasting to him. I talked to him about how we could easily talk basketball; and how we would have a laid-back Podcast, not feeling bad about going off course to other random topics. I told him that this was something we could build into something we could live off of. I could see him thinking as I was talking to him. He was in. And what would we call it? Basketball And Chill.

We then in the next week and a half made all of our platforms extremely last minute, did some last-minute promoting, and recorded our first ever episode. Over the next few weeks, we worked through all of our kinks with Apple Music, YouTube, and our own website; and are now consistently posting on all platforms.

With this newfound energy, I hope to turn this side hustle into my main hustle. I know the journey can be long and the grind can be hard with new gigs like this, but I’m willing to go through it while doing something I love with such a close friend. I dream of a day when I can go on vacations when and where I want because of something I built with a friend. I hope I can one day drop to a part time job or even quit a normal job because of the amount I’ll be making from Podcasting and blogging. I dream of taking this Podcast and eventually making it into sports radio or onto TV. Maybe I even take this and become a writer for Bleacher report or ESPN. But for now, I’ll just continue to grind, and continue to put out weekly content.

From here on out, I’ll be posting weekly blog posts on the Portland Trailblazers and the rest of the NBA. You can follow me on Twitter here, you can follow the Basketball and Chill Twitter here, you can follow the Basketball and Chill Facebook page here to catch us live or watch previous episodes, and you can check out all of our blog and Podcast posts here.

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