1997–98 Portland Trail Blazers season

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1997–98 Portland Trail Blazers season
Head coach Mike Dunleavy
Arena Rose Garden Arena
Results
Record 46–36 (.561)
Place Division: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish West First Round (eliminated 1–3)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
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The 1997–98 season was the 28th season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA).[1] During the offseason, head coach P.J. Carlesimo was fired and replaced by Mike Dunleavy; Carlesimo was hired by the Golden State Warriors. Meanwhile, the Blazers signed Brian Grant as a free agent. Midway through the season, Kenny Anderson was traded to the Toronto Raptors for Damon Stoudamire and Walt Williams.

The Blazers finished 46–36, fourth in the Pacific Division and sixth in the Western Conference, making their sixteenth straight trip to the postseason and 21st in 22 years. For the second straight season, the Blazers were pitted against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, and the result was identical to that of the previous year, as Portland fell three games to one.

The Blazers also set an ignominious record during a game against the Indiana Pacers. The teams’ February 27, 1998, game ended with a Pacer win by the embarrassing score of 124–59, the only time in NBA history where a team has had their score doubled.

NBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 1997 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality School/Club Team
2 48 Alvin Williams SG  United States Villanova

Roster[edit]

Portland TrailBlazers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
SG 2 United States Augmon, Stacey 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) UNLV
PG 9 United States Brunson, Rick 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Temple
C 31 United States Cato, Kelvin 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 255 lb (116 kg) Iowa State
PG 12 United States Crotty, John 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Virginia
PF 44 United States Grant, Brian 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 254 lb (115 kg) Xavier
PG 23 United States Grant, Gary 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Michigan
C 53 United States Lister, Alton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Arizona State
PF 5 United States O'Neal, Jermaine 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 226 lb (103 kg) Eau Claire HS (SC)
SG 34 United States Rider, Isaiah 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) UNLV
C 4 United States Rogers, Carlos 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Tennessee State
C 11 Lithuania Sabonis, Arvydas 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) 279 lb (127 kg) Lithuania
PG 3 United States Stoudamire, Damon 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Arizona
PF 30 United States Wallace, Rasheed 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) North Carolina
SF 42 United States Williams, Walt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Maryland
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Roster

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 35–6 26–15 19–5
x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744  – 33–8 28–13 16–8
x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 5 30–11 26–15 17–7
x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 15 26–15 20–21 14–10
Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 34 21–20 6–35 6–18
Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 42 12–29 7–34 6–18
Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 44 11–30 6–35 6–18


# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Utah Jazz 62 20 .756
2 y-Seattle SuperSonics 61 21 .744 1
3 x-Los Angeles Lakers 61 21 .744 1
4 x-Phoenix Suns 56 26 .683 6
5 x-San Antonio Spurs 56 26 .683 6
6 x-Portland Trail Blazers 46 36 .561 16
7 x-Minnesota Timberwolves 45 37 .549 17
8 x-Houston Rockets 41 41 .500 21
9 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 35
10 Dallas Mavericks 20 62 .244 42
11 Vancouver Grizzlies 19 63 .232 43
11 Golden State Warriors 19 63 .232 43
13 Los Angeles Clippers 17 65 .207 45
14 Denver Nuggets 11 71 .134 51


z - clinched division title
y - clinched division title
x - clinched playoff spot

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

West First Round[edit]

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 1997 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-1)

Game Date Home Score Visitor Score Record

(LAL-POR)

Venue Box score Television
1 April 24 Los Angeles 104 Portland 102 1-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 1 TNT 10:30et
2 April 26 Los Angeles 108 Portland 99 2-0 Great Western Forum, Los Angeles, California 2 NBC 3:00et
3 April 28 Portland 99 Los Angeles 94 2-1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 3 TNT 10:30et
4 April 30 Portland 99 Los Angeles 110 3-1 Rose Garden, Portland, Oregon 4 TNT 10:30et
Los Angeles wins series 3–1

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]