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The Night After the Mavericks

If you haven't read it, you should: The Night Before the Mavericks.

And The Night Before the Mavericks: Part Deux from last night.

And with that, part 3: The Night After the Mavericks.

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Game 40 of the 1998-99 season:

April 17th, 1999: A night after playing the San Antonio Spurs, the Blazers win @Dallas 102-94, giving the Blazers a record of 30-10. The Blazers had the 2nd best record in the league.

www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199904170DAL.html

Game 40 of the 2013-14 season:

January 18th, 2014: A night after playing the San Antonio Spurs, the Blazers win @Dallas 127-111, giving the Blazers a record of 31-9. The Blazers have the 2nd best record in the league.

http://espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?id=400489473

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 pts, 3 reb, and a block.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 pts, 3 reb, and a block.

The April 17th, 1999 game: Blazers shot 51.9% holding Dallas to 45.8% from the field.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Blazers shot 51.1% holding Dallas to 46.7% from the field.

The April 17th, 1999 game: Dallas had 30 rebounds, 14 assists, and 5 steals.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Dallas had 30 rebounds, 15 assists, and 5 steals.

The April 17th, 1999 game: Dallas made 20 of 27 from the free throw line.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Dallas made 20 of 25 from the free throw line.

The April 17th, 1999 game: The Blazers committed 20 personal fouls.
The January 18th, 2014 game: The Blazers committed 20 personal fouls.

The April 17th, 1999 game: Dallas made 8 of 17 from the 3pt line.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Dallas made 7 of 18 from the 3pt line.

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Hubert Davis came off the bench for Dallas scoring 13 pts, shooting 4/8 from the field, 4/6 from the 3pt line, and had a rebound and a turnover.

The January 18th, 2014 game: Jae Crowder came off the bench for Dallas scoring 13 pts, shooting 5/8 from the field, 3/6 from the 3pt line, and had a rebound and a turnover.

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Starting center for the Mavericks, Shawn Bradley had 2 points and 6 rebounds.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Starting center for the Mavericks, Samuel Dalembert had 2 points and 6 rebounds.

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Starting SF for the Mavericks was multiple all-star and 1 time NBA Champion, 6'7" 215lb Michael Finley.

The January 18th, 2014 game: Starting SF for the Mavericks was multiple all-star and 1 time NBA Champion 6'7" 220lb Shawn Marion.

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Former all-star, 35 year old AC Green came off the bench for the Mavericks.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Former all-star, 35 year old Vince Carter came off the bench for the Mavericks.

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The April 17th, 1999 game: Brian Grant scored 14 points, 9 rebounds(4 offensive), and 3 blocks.
The January 18th, 2014 game: Robin Lopez scored 16 points, 12 rebounds(4 offensive), and 3 blocks.

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During the 1998-99 season, Brian Grant averaged 11.5 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game(3.6 offensive).
During the 2013-14 season, Robin Lopez is averaging 10.2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game(4.0 offensive).

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During the 1998-99 season: Brian Grant was 5th in the NBA in offensive rebounds.
During the 2013-14 season: Robin Lopez is 4th in the NBA in offensive rebounds.

During the 1998-99 season: Brian Grant had the 20th highest true shooting percentage in the NBA.
During the 2013-14 season: Robin Lopez has the 17th highest true shooting percentage in the NBA.

Fun side note (the Rajon Rondo connection of Brian Grant/Robin Lopez):

August 19th, 2005: The Atlanta Hawks traded Boris Diaw, a 2006 first rounder(Rajon Rondo), and a 2008 first rounder(Robin Lopez) to the Phoenix Suns for Joe Johnson.

June 28th, 2006: The Phoenix Suns trade Brian Grant and a 2006 first rounder(Rajon Rondo) to the Boston Celtics for a 2007 first rounder(Rudy Fernandez).

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Mike Dunleavy won Coach of the month for November 1999.
Terry Stotts won Coach of the month for November 2013.

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In his second season(1998-99) in charge of the Blazers, Mike Dunleavy won Coach of the Year.
In his second season(2013-14) in charge of the Blazers, Terry Stotts wins Coach of the Year?

Prior to his job with the Blazers, Dunleavy had been head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and LA Lakers. His best season with the Bucks was 34-48, and his worse season with the Bucks was 20-62.
Prior to his job with the Blazers, Stotts had been head coach for the Milwaukee Bucks and Atlanta Hawks. His best season with the Bucks was 40-42 and his worse season with the Bucks was 23-59.

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Prior season(1997-98): The Spurs had a record of 56-26.
Last season(2012-13): The Spurs had a record of 58-24.

Prior season(1997-98): The Miami Heat were the 2 seed in the Eastern Conference; The Indiana Pacers were the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Michael Jordan played in his 3rd consecutive NBA Finals, won his 3rd consecutive NBA Championship, and his 5th MVP trophy.
Last season(2012-13): The Miami Heat were the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference; The Indiana Pacers were the 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Lebron James played in his 3rd consecutive NBA Finals, won his 2nd consecutive NBA Championship, and his 4th MVP trophy.

Prior season(1997-98): The Seattle Supersonics were the 2 seed in the West with a record of 61-21.
Last season(2012-13): The Oklahoma City Thunder were the 1 seed in the West with a record of 60-22.

Prior season(1997-98): Michael Jordan beat the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Last season(2012-13): Lebron James beats the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The prior season(1997-98): The Chicago Bulls beat the New Jersey Nets in the first round.
Last season(2012-13): The Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets in the first round.

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The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: The Spurs had a record of 27-12, giving them the 4th best record in the league.
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: The Spurs had a record of 31-9, giving them the 3rd best record in the league.

The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: Blazers PF Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points and had 12 rebounds.
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: Blazers PF LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds.

The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: Tim Duncan scored 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 3 turnovers.
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: Tim Duncan scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 3 turnovers.

The night before, April 16th 1999 game: The Blazers out-rebound the Spurs 46-42.
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: The Blazers out-rebounded the Spurs 47-41.

The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: The Spurs had 4 steals and 7 blocks.
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: The Spurs had 3 blocks and 7 steals.

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The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: The Blazers outscored the Spurs in the second quarter by 5 points(23-18) and the fourth quarter by 9 points(27-18), losing the third quarter by 10(15-25).
The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: The Blazers outscored the Spurs in the second quarter by 5 points(27-22) and the fourth quarter by 10 points(32-22), losing the third quarter by 6(23-29).

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The night before, April 16th, 1999 game: The Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by 16 points 2 days prior on the second night of a b2b(Mavericks/Minnesota) giving up 92 points to the Mavericks. Thirteen days prior the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by 21 points.

The night before, January 17th, 2014 game: The Spurs defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves by 18 points 5 days prior on the second night of a b2b(Mavericks/Minnesota) giving up 90 points to the Mavericks. Thirteen days prior the Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers by 24 points.

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During the 1998-99 season, 6'6" 205lb Stacey Augmon wore the #2 Blazers jersey.
During the 2013-14 season, 6'5" 200lb Wes Matthews wears the #2 Blazers jersey.

During the 1998-99 season, PG Damon Stoudamire wore the #3 Blazers jersey.
During the 2013-14 season, PG CJ McCollum wears the #3 Blazers jersey.

During the 1998-99 season, 28 year old starting wing Walt Williams shot 43.8% from 3pt range(63/144) and 83.2% from the free throw line(89/107).
During the 2013-14 season, 27 year old starting wing Wes Matthews is shooting 43.4% from 3pt range(105/242) and 83.2% from the free throw line(99/119).

During the 1998-99 season, 6'5" 210lb rookie Bonzi Wells played just 35 minutes.
During the 2013-14 season, 6'6" 210lb rookie Allen Crabbe has played just 41 minutes.

During the 1998-99 season, on December 19th, the Blazers celebrated Arvydas Sabonis birthday.
During the 2013-14 season, on December 19th, the Blazers celebrated Mo Williams birthday.

During the 1998-99 season, the backup PGs were 31 yr old Greg Anthony and future NBA head coach Brian Shaw (32 years old).
During the 2013-14 season, the backup PGs were 31 yr old Mo Williams and future NBA head coach Earl Watson (34 years old)?

During the 1998-99 season, the 3rd string center was 21 year old Jermaine O'Neal.
During the 2013-14 season, the 3rd string center was 21 year old Meyers Leonard.

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During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers margin of victory was 6.36.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers margin of victory is currently 6.41.

During the 1998-99 season, the Spurs margin of victory was 8.06.
During the 2013-14 season, the Spurs margin of victory is currently 8.35.

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During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers lost opening night.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers lost opening night.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers were 2-2 after their first 4 games.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers were 2-2 after their first 4 games.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers were 15-3 after their first 18 games.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers were 15-3 after their first 18 games.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers were 22-5 after their first 27 games.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers were 22-5 after their first 27 games.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers were 29-9 after their first 38 games.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers were 29-9 after their first 38 games.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers played 3 overtime games between games 10 and 30, winning all 3.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers played 3 overtime games between games 10 and 30, winning all 3.

During the 1998-99 season, the Blazers celebrated Brian Grant' 27th birthday March 5th, with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, giving the Blazers a 12-3 record.
During the 2013-14 season, the Blazers celebrated Dorell Wright' 28th birthday December 2nd, with a win over the Indiana Pacers, giving the Blazers a 15-3 record.

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The Blazers made it to their fifth Western Conference Finals in the 1998-99 season.
The Blazers make it to their seventh Western Conference Finals in the 2013-14 season?

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Go Blazers!

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