Portland Trailblazers

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Portland Trailblazers

The Portland Trail Blazers debuted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1970 and after six sub-.500 seasons with no post-season appearances and five fifth-place finishes in the Pacific Division, they went on an unrivaled playoff run. In four-plus decades in the NBA, the Blazers qualified for the post-season 29 times with 21 straight from 1983-2003 and 26 in 27 seasons from 1977-2003.

The Blazers also had among the best turnarounds in all sports with a 37-45 record and fifth-place performance for head coach Lenny Wilkens in 1976 and NBA title in 1977 for Jack Ramsay. The Blazers were second in the Pacific with a 49-33 mark, a 12-game improvement, but edged Chicago 2-1 in their opening playoff series, stopped Denver in six and swept the Pacific-winning Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals to meet the favored Philadelphia 76ers and the incomparable Julius Erving.

In an exciting, six-game series, the Blazers beat the Sixers with stars on both sides shining at various times. The Blazers had Bill Walton, Johnny Davis, Lionel Hollins, Maurice Lucas, Bob Gross and Dave Twardzik, while the Sixers had Dr. J, Darryl Dawkins, George McGinnis, Steve Mix, Mike Dunleavy, Henry Bibby, Jellybean Joe Bryant (Kobe's dad), Doug Collins, World B. (Lloyd) Free and Caldwell Jones. That's a lot of talent on both sides, but the Blazers were victorious and the Sixers "owed Philly one,'' in a famous commercial that extended a couple more times before the franchise finally won an NBA title.

Ramsay, a future Hall-of-Famer at the time, coached the Blazers nine more seasons. But they never won more than one playoff series and only did that twice. Rick Adelman replaced Ramsay's successor, Mike Schuler, during the 1988-89 campaign. After a quick exit in the '89 playoffs, Adelman got the Blazers back on the winning track. They finished second in the Pacific in 1990, but ripped through the Western Conference playoffs with a sweep against Dallas, taking a seven-game set from San Antonio and stopping Phoenix in six to reach the NBA finals. The Blazers lost the NBA championship to Detroit in five games.

Adelman guided the Blazers to a franchise-best 63-19 in 1991. But after beating Seattle and Phoenix in five games each, the Lakers stopped the run in six games in the Conference finals. After a 57-25 record and second straight first-place finish in 1992, the Blazers went on another playoff run with wins against the Lakers in four, Phoenix in five and Utah in six, but the Chicago Bulls won the NBA title in six games. There were three different coaches in the next six seasons, which all ended with first-round playoff losses, but Dunleavy guided the Blazers to consecutive Conference finals in 1999 and 2000. In the 11 seasons from 2001-11, the Blazers qualified for the post-season six times -- three on each end of that stretch -- and lost in the opening round each time. They went five seasons in between without the playoffs (2004-08).

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The Portland Trail Blazers debuted in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 1970 and after six sub-.500 seasons with no post-season appearances and five fifth-place finishes in the Pacific Division, they went on an unrivaled playoff run. In four-plus decades in the NBA, the Blazers qualified...

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