On this day in 1977 the Portland Trail Blazers did the unthinkable: They defeated the heavily favored Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and won the team’s first, and to this day only NBA championship.
Tonight at 7:00 on CSNNW we will re-air the greatest game in the franchise’s history, giving Rip City a chance to relive the glory that was the 1977 championship.
As is usual here at CSN in the modern day, we write a game preview prior to every Trail Blazers game. So close your eyes for quick second, imagine it’s 1977, and enjoy this “preview” of Game 6 of the 1977 NBA Finals.
We know how the story ends, but that doesn’t make it any less sweet.
Tonight. You. CSN. Your television. See you at 7:00 PM!
GAME PREVIEW: Blazers can win it all with a victory tonight over the 76ers
The Portland Trail Blazers can bring home the team’s first NBA title with a win over the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
It was just over a week ago that the heavily favored 76ers held a 2-0 lead over the Trail Blazers, and looked dominate in a 107-89 victory in Game 2.
However, there was more than just a simple basketball game that night: In the closing minutes of the game tempers flared resulting in bench-clearing brawl that saw the ejection the Philadelphia’s Darryl Dawkins and Portland’s Maurice Lucas. The brawl has since ingnited the Trail Blazers.
With the fire still burning from Game 2, and the sixth man of the Rose City behind them, Portland throttled the 76ers in Games 3 and 4: 129-107 and 130-98 victories respectively. Some say it was the home cooking. Other say that Dawkins temper has sparked the Blazers. I say it is a little bit of both.
With the team riding high after tying the series 2-2, it was time to head back east for Game 5. Of course things would be more difficult on the road, but this was a much different team than the Philly faithful saw visit town the first two games. This Blazers squad scratched, clawed, and battled for the110-104 victory to get us where we are today: One victory away from crowning them champions.
Needless to say, it really looks like the 76ers may regret Dawkins firing up Lucas and Co. Since that moment we have seen an entirely different Trail Blazers team. A team now poised to do the unthinkable.
To continue the hot streak and end this series the Blazers will need to rely on their two-headed monster that is Lucas and Bill Walton. Through five games Lucas has averaged 20.6 points and 11.8 rebounds, while Walton has averaged 18.2 points and 18.2 rebounds. They have really set the pace for the Blazers, and are the main reason they are on the brink of a championship.
For the 76ers to keep this series alive not only do they need to shutdown Walton and Lucas, they will need a big game from Julius Erving and Doug Collins. Erving is averaging 28.4 points and 7.0 rebounds this series, while Collins is averaging 22.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. However, they haven’t seen much from the supporting cast which could end up being the difference here in Game 6.
Will the 76ers bounce back, force a Game 7, and send this series back to Philadelphia? Will the Blazers slam the door and start their championship party on their home court?
Tune into CSN tonight at 7:00 PM to find out (wink, wink).
Where: Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Portland OR (Well, it was there way back in 1977, don’t show up today planning on seeing a game).
Television: CSN, 7:00 pm
CSN Programming: A special '77 Championship edition of Talkin' Ball will air immediately following the game
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