Celtics (33-11) vs. TrailBlazers (24-25)
January 18, 1980
The Portland TrailBlazers made their lone visit to Boston on January 18. The proud franchise, still struggling to find an identity after their lone championship in 1977, was moving on from the Bill Walton Era after he departed to the San Diego Clippers as a free agent following the 1979 season.
Walton and Portland teammate Maurice Lucas helped build “Blazermania” in Oregon, an intensely loyal fan base that only waned during the JailBlazer years in the early 2000s. The 1977 champions are still the youngest team to ever win an NBA title, and the bond between the two men became so tight that Walton named his son after the man fondly known as “Luke.”
Although it only resulted in one championship, Portland’s sensational run in the 70′s was built off a similar blue print to the Bill Russell-Celtics through rebounding and running:
[Portland coach Jack] Ramsay molded this crew into a rebounding and running package th...