Whose pick is it?: Greatest Trail Blazer Games of All-Time
How it all works
Today we are “drafting” the greatest Trail Blazers games of all time!
Here’s how it goes…
Serena Winters, Dwight Jaynes, Jason Quick, and Jamie Hudson will take turns selecting their “team” of greatest games ever. Much like the NBA draft, once a player, or in this case a game has been selected it is off the board. We can’t have all of them saying ’77 is their first pick (but it should be)!
Get it? Makes sense, right? You all know how drafts work, so let’s get to it.
With the first pick in Greatest Trail Blazers Games of All Time draft, Serena Winters selects….
Round 1, pick 1 - Serena selects... The 1977 NBA Finals-- Game 6 to win it all
Round 1, pick 2 - Dwight selects... The 1990 NBA Finals, Game 2 at Detroit - Blazers steal home court advantage with 106-105 OT win. (Then they lost three straight at home…)
Round 1, pick 3, Jason selects... May 2nd 2014 - .Damian Lillard hits the series clinching shot vs. Houston with .09 seconds on the clock
Round 1, pick 4, Jamie selects... 1992 NBA Finals, Game 2 at Chicago - Blazers steal home court advantage with a 115-104 OT win. Drexler fouls out with 4:36 to play, Bulls up as much as 10 in the fourth. Blazers go on 15-5 run. Ainge scores six points in one minute of OT.
Round 2, Pick 1 - Jamie – April 24, 2011 Brandon Roy leads Portland’s epic comeback in Game 4 vs. Dallas
Round 2, Pick 2 - Jason - May 31, 1990 - Blazers down 12 on the road to Phoenix in WC Finals, rally for win and head back to the NBA Finals
Round 2, Pick 3 - Dwight - December 1985 - Blazers give Celtics (50-1 including playoffs) their only home loss of the season
Round 2, Pick 4 - Serena - April 8, 2017 - Blazers vs. Jazz, Damian Lillard hits a career-high and Blazers franchise record 59 points, which included nine 3-pointers, against the Utah Jazz
Round 3, pick 1 - Serena - November 25th, 1990 - The Perfect Quarter. Blazers go 22/25 in the first with 18 assists and build a 49-18 lead and beat the Spurs.
Round 3, pick 2 - Dwight - April 2014 - LaMarcus scores 40+ points in back to back playoff games vs. Houston
Round 3, pick 3 - Jason - Nov 9th, 2008 - Roy hits buzzer beater on Rockets with 0.8 to go
Round 3, pick 4 Jamie – May 24th 1992 Blazers beat Jazz in Game 6 to advance to the NBA Finals
- 1977 NBA Championship win in Game 6
- 2017 Lillard career high 59 points vs. Jazz
- 1990 The Perfect Quarter vs. Spurs
Coming back from down 0-2 against a Philly team led by Dr. freakin' J., that to this day, ranks as one the best comebacks (and playoff fights, hello Maurice Lucas!) in NBA playoff history. One of the best individual performances Blazers fans have ever seen, franchise-record 59 points (nine threes) from Dame, in a game they needed to help secure a playoff spot. And a memory that will forever be known as The Perfect First Quarter (forget about those two missed shots late). All we remember is 49 Blazers first quarter points, against a Spurs team they had eliminated in a brutal seven-game series the previous season.
- 1990 NBA Finals Game 2 vs. Detroit
- 1985 Hand Boston only home loss of season
- 2014 LaMarcus scores 40+ in back to back playoff games
The 1990 win at Detroit was huge at the time because the Blazers stole home court. (Who knew they would lose three straight at home?). Clyde won it with two free throws. And the win at Boston was perhaps the biggest long shot Blazer win I ever covered. A fun game. The back-to-back 40s by LaMarcus we’re stunning... and we never saw anything like it again.
- 2014 The Shot 0.9 vs. Houston
- 1990 Blazers rally to win WC
- 2008 Roy buzzer beater vs. Houston
The postseason means everything, so I like having two playoff performances anchoring my team - Lillard’s 0.9 game winner against Houston and the comeback that initiated the dog pile in Phoenix. My third pick - Roy’s “shot from heaven” as Nate McMillan called it -always has a place in my memory because it happened on national TV, against a good team, and further entrenched Roy’s reputation as a clutch player
- 1992 NBA Finals Game 2 OT win
- 2011 Roy’s epic comeback vs. Dallas
- 1992 Blazers Game 6 win over Utah
My draft was all about the playoffs!! Because WE ALL love the playoffs!!
How can you not have Game 2 when the Blazers steal home court advantage even though Clyde the Glyde fouls out??
Plus, whenever you’re putting together a draft of all-time greatest Blazer games and not picking Brandon Roy's comeback game, something is wrong!
The excitement around Rip City with this 105-97 over the Jazz in Game 6 win to take the Western Conference finals is the kind excitement Portland is absolutely craving for these days!