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Road to the Western Conference Finals: The Late January Beatdown of the Spurs

It is once again The Night Before the Mavericks.

I recommend reading it, if you haven't already done so... It's the best Blazersedge piece I've written; similar to this piece, but honestly, much more entertaining... That said, here is The Night Before the Mavericks: Part Deux...

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To start, a couple facts:

* The Blazers have played in 6 Western Conference Finals.

* The 2013-14 Blazers have won 76.9% of their regular season games(30-9).

* Previously, the Blazers have had 6 regular seasons in which they have won at least 69.5% of their regular season games:

* 1990-91 season: 63-19, losing to the LA Lakers in the WCF
* 1999-00 season: 59-23, losing to the LA Lakers in the WCF
* 1989-90 season: 59-23, losing to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals
* 1991-92 season: 57-25, losing to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA Finals
* 1998-99 season: 35-15, losing to the SA Spurs in the WCF (lockout)

The sixth season was the 1977-78 season, where Bill Walton was injured at the end of the regular season, destroying our post-season chances. This was coming off the 1976-77 Championship season.

In the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons, on the road to the Western Conference Finals, the Blazers played the San Antonio Spurs in February(game 45-55) instead of late January(~game 40), losing both games 95-88, giving the Blazers records of 44-11 and 31-14 respectively.

Let us now examine the rest of these seasons, when the Blazers played the Spurs in late January(~game 40)... on the road to the Western Conference Finals...

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It was January 9th, 1977: the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 150-113.

With the win, the Blazers record was 27-13.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/197701090POR.html

(Apparently the boxscore didn't include turnovers or fg%s in 1977.)

Future Blazer Mike Gale came off the bench for the Spurs.

The Blazers made it to their first Western Conference Finals, finishing the regular season with a 49-33 record.

The Blazers defeated the LA Lakers in the WCF, and won the NBA Championship by beating the 76ers.

Future NBA head coach George Karl came off the bench for the Spurs

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It was January 26, 1990: the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 109-103.

With the win, the Blazers record was 29-11.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199001260POR.html

The Blazers had 12 turnovers, and held the Spurs to 46% from the field.

Former Blazer Caldwell Jones came off the bench for the Spurs.

The Blazers made it to their second Western Conference Finals, finishing the regular season with a 59-23 record.

The Blazers defeated the Phoenix Suns in the WCF, but lost in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons.

Future NBA head coach Maurice Cheeks was a starter for the Spurs.

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It was April 16th, 1999*: the Blazers were defeated by the San Antonio Spurs, 81-80.
*Lockout season, thus pushing out the date.

With the loss, the Blazers record was 29-10.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199904160SAS.html

The Blazers had 14 turnovers, and held the Spurs to 40% from the field.

Future Blazer Steve Kerr came off the bench for the Spurs.

The Blazers made it to their fifth Western Conference Finals, finishing the regular season with a 35-15 record.

The Blazers lost in the WCF to the SA Spurs.

Future NBA head coach Avery Johnson was a starter for the Spurs.

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It was January 19, 2000: the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 105-95.

With the win, the Blazers record was 29-10.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200001190SAS.html

The Blazers had 11 turnovers, and held the Spurs to 46% from the field.

Former Blazer Jerome Kersey came off the bench for the Spurs.

The Blazers made it to their sixth Western Conference Finals, finishing the regular season with a 59-23 record.

The Blazers lost in the WCF to the LA Lakers.

Future NBA head coach Terry Porter came off the bench for the Spurs.

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It was January 17th, 2014: the Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs, 109-100.

With the win, the Blazers record is 30-9.

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?id=400489462

The Blazers had 11 turnovers, and held the Spurs to 45.2% from the field.

Former Blazer Patty Mills came off the bench for the Spurs.

The Blazers make it to their seventh Western Conference Finals? Finishing the regular season with a 59-23 record?

The Blazers defeat the SA Spurs in the WCF? And win the NBA Championship by defeating the Miami Heat?

Future NBA head coach Matt Bonner came off the bench for the Spurs?

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An infinite set of repeating wave functions...

A Western Conference Finals appearance.

Go Blazers!

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