CHAMPIONSHIP: Team Tournament : 1990-91 vs. 1991-92
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/31/2010 12:23 PM

    Who do you think would win?
    1990-91 (63-19) (8)
     44%
    1991-92 (57-25) (10)
     56%
    Time to vote on new match-ups. Today is the 1990-91 vs 1991-92 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.

    1990-91: Overall record: 63-19 (1st in league)
    The Trail Blazers picked up where they left off the previous season when they were in the NBA Finals and captured world-wide basketball attention. They posted the league's best record, 63-19, the most wins ever by the franchise. They opened by winning their first 11 games and 19 of their first 20. They took their first eight away from home, extending a road winning streak over two seasons to 12 which equaled the second longest in NBA history. CONTINUE READING/Become a fan of this team


    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
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  1. Leathers
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    Posted 03/31/2010 3:21 PM

    How could any team be better than the 76-77 team. whoever thought of the 2 best teams must not have been born then... I mean they were on the brink of a dynasty. Luke, Walton Gross, Hollins, Twardzik, Davis, Neal, Calhoun, Steele, etc. Remember, your survey said TEAM...
  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/31/2010 3:21 PM

    It has to be 91. The argument of most franchise wins (63) for 91 and getting to the Finals (92) is a moot point in my opinion. Nearly every player outside of Drexler performed better in 91 then the following year.

    Porter and Duckworth were both All-Stars in 91, but not 92. Terry put up 17 pts on 51.5% shooting, 8 asts, 3.5 rebs, and 2 stls while shooting 41.5% from 3 compared to his 1992 numbers of 18.1 pts but only 46.1% shooting and 39.1% from distance, only 5.8 asts, 3.1 rebs, and 1.5 stls. Stats down across the board in 92, except for points but they came not as efficient as his shooting percentages were significantly down.

    In his All-Star season of 91, Duck had nightly averages of 15.8 pts on 48.1% shooting, 6.6 rebs, and 1.1 dimes in comparison to 10.7 pts while shooting 46.1% shooting, 6.1 rebs, and 1.2 asts. Duck saw the largest drop off of any major contributor from both teams.

    Buck was pretty constant, netting about 12 points, 9 rebounds, and doing so by shooting an insane 60+%from the floor. He had some tread on his tires though when he arrived in 90, so a fresher 30 year old Buck may have done a little better than a 31 year old. Also, he did lead the entire NBA in field goal percentage in 91 with his 60.2%.

    Cliff and Kersey were very similar in production (Kersey dropped in points in 92 but increased his rebounding) but Ainge, brought in to be a 3-point marksmen, really tailed off in 92. He shot 40.9% in 91 and fell way off to 33.9% in 92.

    Clyde was the one player to really exceed expectations in 92, slightly averaging more rebounds and assists by over a half per game at 6.6 and 6.7 respectively while keeping blocks, field goal shooting, and steals almost exactly the same, but saw a spike in points per game by going from 21 to 25.

    It really comes down to choosing a team with an improved Drexler but seeing production fall offs in assists from Porter, youthfulness in Buck, 3 point shooting from Ainge, and an overall huge decline in points from Duckworth. Or do you want the team who saw career years in Porter and Duckworth to go along with still a terrific Clyde, younger Buck, and an Ainge who actually made clutch 3's?

    I'll go with the team in 91. I really felt like that one bad weekend in LA during Games 3 and 4 were the one road blocks to stopping them the title. I truly felt like the better team lost in 91, whereas in 92 the Bulls were clearly the better team
    1991 Player Stats  1992 Player Stats
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 03/31/2010 3:23 PM

    Posted By Leathers on 03/31/2010 3:21 PM
    How could any team be better than the 76-77 team. whoever thought of the 2 best teams must not have been born then... I mean they were on the brink of a dynasty. Luke, Walton Gross, Hollins, Twardzik, Davis, Neal, Calhoun, Steele, etc. Remember, your survey said TEAM...

    The fans picked these two teams. We have had a tournament going on since January and I believe the 99-00 team knocks the 76-77 team out in the Elite 8.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 04/01/2010 4:08 PM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 03/31/2010 3:21 PM
    It has to be 91. The argument of most franchise wins (63) for 91 and getting to the Finals (92) is a moot point in my opinion. Nearly every player outside of Drexler performed better in 91 then the following year.

    Porter and Duckworth were both All-Stars in 91, but not 92. Terry put up 17 pts on 51.5% shooting, 8 asts, 3.5 rebs, and 2 stls while shooting 41.5% from 3 compared to his 1992 numbers of 18.1 pts but only 46.1% shooting and 39.1% from distance, only 5.8 asts, 3.1 rebs, and 1.5 stls. Stats down across the board in 92, except for points but they came not as efficient as his shooting percentages were significantly down.

    In his All-Star season of 91, Duck had nightly averages of 15.8 pts on 48.1% shooting, 6.6 rebs, and 1.1 dimes in comparison to 10.7 pts while shooting 46.1% shooting, 6.1 rebs, and 1.2 asts. Duck saw the largest drop off of any major contributor from both teams.

    Buck was pretty constant, netting about 12 points, 9 rebounds, and doing so by shooting an insane 60+%from the floor. He had some tread on his tires though when he arrived in 90, so a fresher 30 year old Buck may have done a little better than a 31 year old. Also, he did lead the entire NBA in field goal percentage in 91 with his 60.2%.

    Cliff and Kersey were very similar in production (Kersey dropped in points in 92 but increased his rebounding) but Ainge, brought in to be a 3-point marksmen, really tailed off in 92. He shot 40.9% in 91 and fell way off to 33.9% in 92.

    Clyde was the one player to really exceed expectations in 92, slightly averaging more rebounds and assists by over a half per game at 6.6 and 6.7 respectively while keeping blocks, field goal shooting, and steals almost exactly the same, but saw a spike in points per game by going from 21 to 25.

    It really comes down to choosing a team with an improved Drexler but seeing production fall offs in assists from Porter, youthfulness in Buck, 3 point shooting from Ainge, and an overall huge decline in points from Duckworth. Or do you want the team who saw career years in Porter and Duckworth to go along with still a terrific Clyde, younger Buck, and an Ainge who actually made clutch 3's?

    I'll go with the team in 91. I really felt like that one bad weekend in LA during Games 3 and 4 were the one road blocks to stopping them the title. I truly felt like the better team lost in 91, whereas in 92 the Bulls were clearly the better team
    1991 Player Stats  1992 Player Stats
    While you bring up a lot of great points, the fact is, one team got to the Finals while the other faltered. I don't think that Bulls series was as one-sided as painted out to be. We held a 15 point lead going into the 4th quarter of Game 6, just let it slip away.
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