The Portland Trail Blazers joined the NBA as an expansion team for the 1970-1971 season. For six seasons in Rip City things didn’t go so well for the ‘Blazers, posting losing season after losing season. The 1976-1977 season marked a turn in the franchise’s history. A pair of second-year players—Maurice Lucas and Bill Walton—not only led Portland to its first playoff appearance, but all the way to the franchise’s first NBA championship. From that season through the end of the 2002-2003 season the Trail Blazers were playing playoff basketball every year except for one. The next time Portland made a serious run for the championship after 1977 was the 1989-1990 season. Led by future Hall-of-Famer Clyde Drexler, Portland won a then-franchise best 59 regular season games on its way to an NBA Finals showdown with the Detroit Pistons, though they would lose to Detroit in five games. Drexler reached the Finals again in 1992, but this time Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls thwarted Portland’s goal of a second championship. Since 2003, the Trail Blazers have made the playoffs just three times. They have retired 12 numbers over the course of the franchise’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Portland Trail Blazers basketball tickets.
2016 Trail Blazers Season Preview
The 2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers season will be defined by some major changes to the team’s roster over the offseason. Longtime superstar LaMarcus Aldridge left the franchise in the offseason, leaving the Trail Blazers with a major scoring hole in their front court. Portland will have to rely even heavier on star point guard Damian Lillard, who is expected to take an even higher percentage of the shots this season. Despite the departure of Aldridge, Portland still has one of the best defensive front courts in the Western Conference, with Mason Plumlee and Al-Farouq Aminu both crashing the glass for near double digit rebounds a season ago. Without Aldridge, it is hard to consider the Blazers a threat to win the Western Conference this season, but Damian Lillard has turned into a legitimate superstar in the NBA, and the heights that the Blazers will soar in 2015-16 will rest solely on his shoulders.
Check out our Portland Trail Blazers Season Preview History page for previews of previous Trail Blazers seasons.
Portland Trail Blazers Basketball at Moda Center Address: 1 N Center Ct St, Portland, Oregon, 97227
The Trail Blazers play their home games at the Moda Center, located in Portland, Oregon. When filled to capacity, the Moda Center holds nearly 20 thousand screaming fans. Formerly known as the Rose Garden, the selling of naming rights to Moda Health will allow the arena to enhance the fan’s experience at the game, according to the Trail Blazers’ owner. The Portland Trail Blazers home bench is on the Moda Center court side in front of sections 122. Moda Center parking information is covered in our Trail Blazers event guide.
Trail Blazers vs. Lakers
The Trail Blazers and the Lakers have played an astonishing 45+ playoff games dating back to 1977 to go along with over 205 regular season games. The organizations have met three times in the Western Conference Finals that has only made this rivalry that much better. With Portland and Los Angeles both in the same conference, this match-up will only continue to get better in future seasons.
Trail Blazers vs. Thunder
This rivalry can be traced back to when the Thunder organization played in Seattle. The close proximity of the franchises led to a mutual hatred that still continues today even though both teams are not regionally close. The rivalry renewed in 2007 during the NBA Draft when the Trail Blazers selected Greg Oden over Kevin Durant with the first overall pick. Oden became an oft-injured center while Durant established himself as one of the best players in the league.
Trail Blazers vs. Jazz
The Trail Blazers and Jazz have been two of the more consistent teams in the Western Conference and find themselves both in the Northwest Division. In the 1990s, it was not uncommon for Portland and Utah to meet in the playoffs. Both franchises met four times during the decade that included a Trail Blazers victory in the 1992 Western Conference Finals.
Trail Blazers vs. Mavericks
These Western Conference foes have battled it out in the regular season over 135 times. The Trail Blazers and Mavericks have met multiple times in the playoffs over the years with both teams having equal success against one another in the postseason. Portland and Dallas will only continue to add to their rivalry in the upcoming seasons as both teams play in the same conference.
Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Trail Blazers have an NBA championship to go along with multiple Western Conference titles on their resume that began in 1970. Portland has also added over 3 division titles throughout the years and will only see that number continue to increase in future seasons. Decorated players like Bill Walton and Clyde Drexler have worn the Trail Blazers uniform over the years.
Portland Trail Blazers Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Blazers game?
Doors open 1 hour before game time for all Blazers games.
Where are good places to eat before a Blazers game?
Portland has some of the best locally owned restaurants in the country. One of those local gems is Frank’s Noodles. Frank’s has some of the amazing Asian food to go along with a great atmosphere. If you are looking for a sports bar try Spirit of 77. This fun place is packed with TV’s, Portland sports fans, and they even have indoor bicycle parking. For an upscale experience try Torro Bravo. This place is perfect for foodies and will leave you talking about its food for weeks. If you are a seafood fan don’t miss checking out Jakes Famous Crawfish. Jakes has been a Portland landmark for over 100 years and is one of the top seafood destinations in the country. Portland also has some unbelievable food trucks. Of the dozens of great options we recommend trying La Jarochita, Tabor, or Pepper Box.
Where is the best place to park at Moda Center?
There are 4 large parking garages located to the north of the Moda Center. Parking typically begins 4 hours before game-time and the garages fill up quickly. We recommend getting to the game early or purchasing a parking pass. The East and West Garage’s are usually the best chance for finding parking close to the arena and are just north of Winning Way Drive. Offsite parking can be found at NE 7th and Holladay NE, and 7th and Multnomah in the Lloyd District. Most parking ranges from $6 to $13. MAX offers public transportation options with trains running about every 5 minutes before game-time.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Blazers game?
Any child over 24 months old will need a ticket to enter the Moda Center. If your child is under 24 months old they may sit in a guardians lap for the duration of the game. We recommend bringing proof of the child’s age to ensure they are allowed to enter the arena.