Portland Trail Blazers, American expert basketball crew situated in Portland, Oregon, that plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Trail Blazers have won one NBA title (1977) and three meeting titles (1977, 1990, and 1992).
The Trail Blazers joined the group as an extension group in 1970. Their name is a reference to the Lewis and Clark Expedition, which finished not a long way from present-day Portland. The Blazers—an epithet regularly utilized by fans and media—completed toward the end in their division in every one of their initial four seasons and five of their initial six seasons. One brilliant spot during those years was the play of forward-focus Sidney Wicks, who had been drafted by the group in 1971 and was named an elite player in every one of his initial four NBA seasons.
Portland experienced a dazzling turnaround in 1976–77, which started with the establishment posting its first winning record (49–33) during the customary season. Unhindered by their absence of playoff experience, the Blazers—including a cutting edge of Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas, alongside gatekeeper Lionel Hollins, and guided by first-year head mentor Jack Ramsay—beat the Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, and Los Angeles Lakers in the postseason to progress to the NBA finals. There they confronted the Philadelphia 76ers, who won the initial two rounds of the arrangement before Portland raged back to win the last four diversions and catch the NBA title. The Trail Blazers came back to the playoffs in every one of the following four seasons, yet they lost in their opening postseason arrangement on each event.
Subsequent to missing the postseason in 1981–82, the Blazers came back to the playoffs in 1982–83, the first of 21 sequential playoff compartments for the establishment. In 1983 the Trail Blazers drafted protect Clyde Drexler, who might proceed to play 12 seasons with the group and become the establishment's record-breaking driving scorer and rebounder. With Drexler, the Blazers proceeded with their playoff streak yet progressed past the first round of the postseason only once in Drexler's initial six seasons in Portland. The Blazers picked up a proportion of lowness at the 1984 NBA draft, where, with the second pick, they chose Sam Bowie (who might proceed to play only four damage baffled seasons with Portland) over future genius Michael Jordan, who was picked by the Bulls with the following pick. In 1989–90 the Trail Blazers—driven by Drexler, point monitor Terry Porter, and forward Jerome Kersey—won their initial three playoff arrangement to catch the Western Conference title. In the NBA finals the group was crushed by the Detroit Pistons in five recreations. The Blazers were killed by the Lakers in the gathering finals the accompanying season in the wake of posting an establishment best 63–19 record, and in 1991–92 Portland by and by cutting edge to the NBA finals yet lost the six-game arrangement to the Chicago Bulls. The Blazers at that point came back to their previous example of playoff dissatisfaction, losing in the first round in six straight seasons from 1992–93 to 1997–98. Portland broke its streak in 1998–99, as the group progressed to the meeting finals just to be cleared by the San Antonio Spurs. The accompanying season saw the Blazers again achieve the meeting finals, where they lost a nearby seven-game arrangement to the Lakers that was outstanding for the Trail Blazers wasting a 15-point final quarter lead in the choosing challenge—at the time the biggest lead at any point gave up in the last time of a seventh round of a playoff arrangement.
In the early 2000s the group gained the deprecatory moniker "Correctional facility Blazers" for the huge quantities of Portland players who had legitimate inconveniences. At about a similar time, the Blazers' playoff appearance streak arrived at an end, and the establishment went into a modifying period that achieved its nadir in a last-place divisional completion in 2005–06. Behind the play of All-Star protect Brandon Roy, the Trail Blazers came back to the postseason for three continuous years starting in 2008–09, yet wounds constrained Roy into early retirement in 2011, and the Blazers dropped out of conflict in 2011–12. The group rapidly remade and in 2013–14 added 21 wins to its aggregate for the past season and progressed to the playoffs. It lost various key free operators after the 2014–15 season and was generally anticipated to be one of the most noticeably awful groups in the NBA during the accompanying effort, yet the group aroused around star monitor Damian Lillard to stretch out its playoff streak to three seasons. Conversely, the Blazers neglected to satisfy preseason desires in 2016–17, as the group equipped for the eighth seed of the Western Conference playoffs and was cleared in the opening postseason round. The group's conflicting play proceeded in 2017–18 as the Blazers won a division title yet were cleared in the first round of the playoffs. Portland bounced back the accompanying season, progressing to the meeting finals without precedent for nearly two decades behind grip playoff exhibitions by Lillard and individual star watch CJ McCollum.