Quarantine Hoops: Catch up on classic Sonics and Blazers games

by Kevin Nesgoda

As we all stay at home in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re looking for things to do outside of work and those pesky house chores we’d kept putting off. The NBA’s got you covered, offering a free preview of its subscription NBA League Pass service through April 22nd.

While you can check out all games of the 2019-20 NBA season prior to its hiatus, there are also a number of archived classic games available for your basketball fix. The selection is limited, but there are a few great or notable SuperSonics and Trail Blazers games you can revisit. There are also some All-Star Games and events featuring some fave Sonics and Blazers players for your enjoyment.

Seattle SuperSonics

  • 1979 NBA Western Conference Finals – Game 7: Phoenix Suns vs Sonics (5/17/1979: “Seattle pulls out a Game 7 victory with a wild finish at the buzzer”)

  • 1987 NBA Western Conference Semifinals – Game 6: Houston Rockets vs Sonics (5/14/1987: “Hakeem Olajuwon records 49 pts, 25 rebounds, 6 blocks in Game 6 loss”)

  • 1993 NBA Western Conference Finals – Game 5: Sonics vs Phoenix Suns (6/1/1993: “Barkley’s triple-double with 43 pts is rivaled by Kemp’s 33 pts”)

  • 1994 NBA Western Conference First Round – Game 5: Denver Nuggets vs Sonics (5/7/1994: “Eighth-Seeded Nuggets upset Sonics in NBA’s biggest upset”)

Portland Trail Blazers

  • 1977 NBA Western Conference Semifinals – Game 3: Denver Nuggets vs Blazers(4/24/1977: “Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas“)

  • 1990-91 NBA Regular Season – Game 65: Blazers vs Golden State Warriors(3/19/1991: “Mitch Richmond scores 40 points for the Warriors beating out the Trail Blazers”)

  • 1992 NBA Finals – Game 1: Blazers vs Chicago Bulls(6/3/1992: “Michael Jordan hits six 3-pointers in the first half, then shrugs his shoulders in 1992 NBA Finals Game 1″)

  • 1996 NBA Western Conference First Round – Game 3: Utah Jazz vs Blazers(4/29/1996: “Karl Malone‘s 35/10 not enough vs. Trail Blazers”)

All-Star Games

  • 1977 All-Star GamePOR: Maurice Lucas, Bill Walton (injured); SEA: N/A(2/13/1977: “Dr. J is named 1977 All-Star Game MVP”)

  • 1984 All-Star GamePOR: Jim Paxson; SEA: Jack Sikma(1/29/1984: “OT thriller Magic Johnson 22 assists”)

  • 1986 All-Star GamePOR: Clyde Drexler; SEA: N/A(2/7/1986: “Michael Jordan hits six 3-pointers in the first half, then shrugs his shoulders in 1992 NBA Finals Game 1”)

  • 1991 All-Star Weekend – Slam Dunk ContestPOR: N/A; SEA: Shawn Kemp(2/9/1991: “Dee Brown used his “Peek-A-Boo” dunk to win the 1991 NBA Dunk Contest”)

  • 2001 All-Star GamePOR: Rasheed Wallace; SEA: Gary Payton(2/11/2001: “Allen Iverson MVP”)

Although the Sonics’ Desmond Mason won the 2001 All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest, they don’t have video of that year’s competition.

To access the preview, make sure to sign up for an account at NBA.com. When signed in, visit the NBA League Pass page and a pop-up will let you select the current season or the classic games.

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3 comments

nesgoda@cascadiasn.com March 23, 2020 - 6:26 PM

I’ve seen the 95 Game 5 once and that was more than enough.

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nesgoda@cascadiasn.com March 23, 2020 - 6:26 PM

I’ve seen the 95 Game 5 once and that was more than enough.

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nesgoda@cascadiasn.com March 23, 2020 - 6:26 PM

I’ve seen the 95 Game 5 once and that was more than enough.

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