Celebrating Rip City: At 50, Portland Has the Star Power for an NBA Finals Run

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The Portland Trail Blazers turn 50 next season. Yet, after playing a half century in one of the NBA’s smaller markets, the team known as Rip City thinks of itself as anything but small in stature. Over that span, the Blazers have one NBA title (1977) and 35 playoff appearances, including 21 straight from 1982-2003. While these credentials may be enough for some, Portland’s four-time, All-NBA point guard, Damian Lillard, is intent on adding to that legacy. For starters, getting Portland back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 27 years would be the icing on the cake…

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