NBA Finals Game 3 & 4
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
Maybe it was the Lucas/Dawkins rumble in Game 2 that awoke the Blazers? Perhaps, but more likely it was the fact that they were returning to Portland, home of Blazermania. Coach Ramsay contemplated changing the starting line-up and reinserting Dave Twardzik but decided that Johnny Davis’ quickness was too essential to keep on the bench.
Ramsay’s decision like most all he made that year was the right one. The Blazers energized by the home crowd raced up and down the court in Game 3 pummeling the “unbeatable” 76ers 129-107.
Somehow the Blazers played even better in Game 4 than they had in the previous game. Playing perhaps their finest game of the season, the red hot shooting Blazers destroyed the Sixers 130-98. The Blazers hadn’t lost a single home playoff game and their confidence was at an all-time high. But could they win in Philadelphia?