Subscribe to Trail Blazers Fan News

1980-1981 Team Bio

01/04/10
  1. Written by: trailblazers

    The Trail Blazers set a club record for December, going 13-2, part of a stretch when they won 14 of 15 games. And, they finished the season by winning 12 of their last 16 games  and 16 of their last 22, including the capturing their final three on the road. Those runs helped boost the final
    record to 45-37, seven victories better than the previous season.

    Balanced scoring and a relatively injury-free season were contributing factors in the improvement. Seven Blazer regulars averaged in double-digit scoring, led by second-year guard Jim Paxson's 17.1 ppg and Mychal Thompson's 17.0 ppg. Rookie Kelvin Ransey took over the starting point guard role in November and ended the season with a club-record 555 assists, the league's seventh highest total for the year.

    For the fourth straight year since winning the title in 1977 Portland exited the playoffs after one round but only after a hard-fought best-of-three series with Kansas City. The Kings took the first one in overtime, 98-97.

    The Blazers came back to win Game 2, also in OT, 124-119, with Mychal Thompson scoring a Portland playoff record 40 points. KC clinched the series with a 104-95 victory. In that loss, the Blazers shot 54 percent from the floor and converted two more field goals than the Kings but were
    only five-of-eight from the line, playoff lows for the club.

    Kelvin Ransey was named to the NBA All-Rookie team. Kermit Washington for the second straight year was selected on the NBA's All-Defensive second team. Ransey was seventh in the league in assists (6.9 apg); Washington sixth in FG percentage (.569); Billy Ray Bates 10th in FT percentage (.854); Mychal Thompson eighth in blocked shots (2.15 bpg).

Post a New News Story

Tags

  1. 179 posts are tagged with
  2. 69 posts are tagged with
  3. 220 posts are tagged with
  4. 87 posts are tagged with
  5. 77 posts are tagged with
  6. 125 posts are tagged with
  7. 64 posts are tagged with
  8. 86 posts are tagged with
  9. 58 posts are tagged with
  10. 421 posts are tagged with
  11. 48 posts are tagged with
  12. 135 posts are tagged with
  13. 94 posts are tagged with
  14. 287 posts are tagged with
  15. 49 posts are tagged with
  16. 66 posts are tagged with
  17. 72 posts are tagged with
  18. 101 posts are tagged with
  19. 189 posts are tagged with
  20. 169 posts are tagged with
The latest from
Everybody
catwalk joined group Season Ticket Holders / AySee Emm updated their fan statement / rrow0225 uploaded new photo / Ricky created new forum topic summer moves and upcoming draft / cm_flippin commented on Blazers quiz / NickPitherUK updated their scrapbook / Qualab and RipCityRevival are friends now / daddy updated their Starting 5 / MJB uploaded new video /