Team Tournament: 1991-92 vs. 1977-78
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/16/2010 11:12 AM

    Who do you think would win?
    1991-92 (57-25) (43)
     75%
    1977-78 (58-24) (14)
     25%
    Time to vote on new match-ups. Today is the 1991-92 vs 1977-78 teams. Vote on who you think would win AND tell us why you voted that way. You might be able to sway some of your fellow Blazermaniacs to vote with you.

    1991-92: Overall record: 57-25 (tie, 2nd in league, 1st in conference)
    For the second time in three years and the third time in franchise history, the Trail Blazers were locked in a June battle for the world championship, this time against defending champion Chicago. Ultimately, Michael Jordan and the Bulls prevailed but not before Portland took them to The Finals series' sixth game in Chicago Stadium. The Blazers finished the regular season with the West's best record, 57-25, and tied for the second most wins overall. CONTINUE READING/Become a fan of this team


    1977-78: Overall record: 58-24 (1st in league, 1st in conference, 1st in division)
    Through the first 60 games, the defending NBA champions were making prognosticators look good. Before the season started, they labeled the1977-78 Blazers the "team of destiny." Coach Jack Ramsay's club appeared to be just that, dominating the league for the first four months. CONTINUE READING/Become a fan of this team



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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/16/2010 11:38 AM

    Tough choice, but I'll let my bias' of the early 90's teams get in the way and choose the 92 team. 78 was tougher inside but 92 had the superior backcourt. I went with 92 because they weren't as injury prone, even though Drex's knee flared up at the tail end of the season and they pushed the Bulls to 6 games in the Finals.
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 03/16/2010 11:49 AM

    Agreed, would be a fun series to watch the 77-78 inside game vs. the 91-92 guard play and some really good/interesting match-ups. All 7 games with a epic finish and the 91-92 Blazers squeak ahead of the 77-78 team.
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  1. chris_in_pdx
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    Posted 03/16/2010 11:51 AM

    Tough call, but it's obvious that the 1978 team (pre-injury, 50-10) was on it's way to a historical season and a budding late-70s dynasty. The 1992 squad was the last run for a suddenly aging team that, at the end, still had no answer for MJ. Was Drexler, comparitively, better than Walton at that stage? Hard to say... Walton took more of supporting role in the '78 campaign, but there was still no question who the best player on the court was almost every night. Drexler was on the top of his own game, and was the #2 SG in the league, but in the head-to-head with the #1 SG... he didn't rise to the occasion. One must only look back to what Walton did against Gilmore, Issel, Jabbar, and Dawkins in the '77 playoffs to see what a healthy Bill did against "the best in the game".

    I'd give the '78 team the series against the '92 team in 6 games.
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/16/2010 12:29 PM

    What made those late 70's team so special? It seems like a forgone conclusion they would have won in 78 had injuries not derailed the train, so what something extra did they have over the early 90's teams or were they just lucky they didn't hoop in the Jordan Era?
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 03/16/2010 12:59 PM

    92 by the closet of margins. It really is subjective though. Does the matchup, in theory, occur before or after the major injuries hit?
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  1. chris_in_pdx
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    Posted 03/16/2010 1:22 PM

    DHawes: read this and you might understand: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1093313/index.htm
  1. machwonder
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    Posted 03/17/2010 11:01 AM

    It's not even close, the 77-78 team by a huge margin. I was in my early 20's back then. You could walk right up to the Colliseum box office and buy a ticket on game night. They didn't sell out then. The team was like a well oiled machine, and they ran, ran, and ran some more. It was all triggered by Walton's fast outlet pass. He'd rebound and pass the ball before touching the floor. He had the fastest outlet pass I ever witnessed. When the team got a lead, they pulled away to an easy win. Rarely did they ever let a team back into a game. They had great chemistry. The starting 5 were among the best ever with Walton, Lucas, Gross, Hollins and Twardzic. They weren't called RED HOT AND ROLLIN' for nothing!
  1. daddylogan
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    Posted 03/18/2010 11:25 AM

    To me it is a clear winner with the Walton Gang. I was lucky enough to be part of the magical 77' season and went to every single home game and one road game in Seattle and I was only 14 at the time! As much as I did love the Drexler era teams, the 77-78 Blazers were just crushing everyone and everything in it's path until the injuries hit late season. I think they were 50-10 when things when downhill that year and as someone said, it could have been a very historical season. It seemed like there was one stretch that year where they were blowing teams out by 30 points a night on back to back to back basis! (simular to last seasons Blazers!!!) They did this by putting on the best demonstartion of TEAM basketball I have ever seen to this day. They never really let up during the game and came at you for a full 48 minutes which is where I find the big difference between the 91-92 Blazers and the 77-78 team. Very rarely did that team let you back in the game once they had you on the ropes and man they they play "clinic" like basketball in those first two quarters....every single night! AND...remember what they steam rolled through when they won the championship...The Bulls and Gilmoure, The Nuggets and Issel/Thompson, The Lakers and Jabbar and then finally the "easily comparable to the Bulls", 76ers with it's "superstar" lineup of Dr. J, McGinnis, Dawkins, Collins and Free! Anyhow, it was a magical season I have not seen yet from any other Blazer lineup and naturally the championship ring proves it. However, I did think the 08-09 Blazers were pretty darn good and exited the playoffs way earlier then I would have ever thought.
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  1. mario250775
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    Posted 03/20/2010 1:01 PM

    I am writing this one's again,  91-92 team the best I have ever seen, in 1977 I was only 2 years old so for me hard to compare this teams. Clyde, Terry, Jerome, Kevin, Clifford, Danny,  Buck , ... I remember You and this mathes I saw in tv with flush on my face !!!
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  1. Thejonesie
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    Posted 03/09/2011 5:40 PM

    Go blazers now i got my own 1on1 
    Bill walton or L train
    Post your vote after this i will check often
    I am a fan of for a 10 year old i am a huge blazers! when i watch LaMarcus get the board and lay it right back up it just iust my Bball dream go Portland
  1. Thejonesie
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    Posted 03/09/2011 5:40 PM

    Go blazers now i got my own 1on1 
    Bill walton or L train
    Post your vote after this i will check often
    I am a fan of for a 10 year old i am a huge blazers! when i watch LaMarcus get the board and lay it right back up it just iust my Bball dream go Portland
  1. Thejonesie
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    Posted 03/09/2011 5:40 PM

    Go blazers now i got my own 1on1 
    Bill walton or L train
    Post your vote after this i will check often
    I am a fan of for a 10 year old i am a huge blazers! when i watch LaMarcus get the board and lay it right back up it just iust my Bball dream go Portland
  1. Thejonesie
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    Posted 03/09/2011 5:40 PM

    Go blazers now i got my own 1on1 
    Bill walton or L train
    Post your vote after this i will check often
    I am a fan of for a 10 year old i am a huge blazers! when i watch LaMarcus get the board and lay it right back up it just iust my Bball dream go Portland
  1. Bertram
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    Posted 03/10/2011 12:33 AM

    I'm going to say 77 team. I wasn't even born then but when I look at that roster and watched that game they won the ship with, they have TOUGH defense. Defense almost always wins a series.
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/10/2011 3:54 AM

    A gentle reminder.  The poll question ISN'T which team is better?  Rather, which team would WIN in a head to head?  That being the case, this is LAUGHABLE.  Consider the match-ups.  Who draws the defensive assignment on Clyde?  Jerome?  Buck?  Terry?  C'mon.  The only position I see the '77/'78 team possibly having an advantage, is at the 5.  That said, it's BECAUSE of Duckworth and his unique ability to draw opposing bigs out to honor that elbow jumper, that would open up the lane (and did) for Clyde, Jerome, and Terry.  In a single game situation, '91/'92 team by 25.  In a 7 game series?  '91/'92 team in 5, with Walton single-handedly winning ONE for he and the rest of the "gym teacher" gang.

    My follow up question would be...is there Sportscenter when they play?  Rim rattling dunks will always net you a higher FG% than would even the best of a perimeter game.  No disrespect intended here.
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  1. barnettfan
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    Posted 03/10/2011 5:41 PM

    OK let us start this off. Before there was Michael Jordan there was Julias Erving a.k.a. Dr.J hands down probably thee best basketball player in 2 leagues A.B.A.,N.B.A. at that time, granted most of the players in the A.B.A. were a joke BUT alot were not. alot of good players came from the ABA. When the Blazers beat the 76ers the world was stunned we toppled the mighty giant with at that time as much history as the lakers and the celtics. The year and a half that Walton was healthy easily puts him in the top 5 centers of all time if not number 2 remember he played against Kareem and kept him in check as much as anyone could if not better.
    The injury bug that plagues us to this day stopped a dynasty so yes the 77-78 team was a better team than the 91-92 team and I am sure this will be debated over several beers in several bars in Portland.
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  1. Curvychloe
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    Posted 01/19/2012 11:01 PM

    This Isn't even close,1992 blazers would OWN those 70's teams. I mean seriously,look at the matchups. If you go posistion by posistion its not even close. Porter Owns Lionel Hollins,Drexler owns whoever they have at the 2 easily(who was there 2,Johnny davis?who?) Lloyd Neal is really gonna stop Jerome? Maurice Lucas and Buck williams is a wash. Only Position the old timers even have game at is the 5 and At least duckworth is a two time allstar who can hit mid range jumpers and take mr.injury away from the basket. Plus blazers got allstars like Ainge and Cliff robinson coming off the bench. hell I'd take the 1999-00 blazers or even the 2002-03 blazers over those overrated old timers. I mean Bill walton was Sam bowie before there was a sam bowie,and Sam bowie was Greg Oden before there was a Greg oden
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