This post was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus
The one game that the Blazers won in the 1990 NBA Finals and they won this game in overtime. So they certainly earned this victory, but they could’ve won at least one other game in the 90 NBA Finals. Had opportunities in both game 1 and game 5. But back then the Blazers were stereotyped as a young, immature, dumb team that would loose their cool and freak out. And when this series went back to Portland, they did everything they could live up to those stereotypes. Getting distracted by calls went against them and not focusing on the team they were playing, which just happened to be the defending NBA Champion Detroit Pistons. You needed to be focused and at your best when you played the Pistons back then. And the Blazers managed that only in-game 2.