The Portland Trail Blazers entered the NBA as an expansion team in 1970. At the time, Portland was a strange choice for a new pro basketball team. The Pacific Northwest wasn’t a hip, economically vibrant region but a somewhat isolated part of the country largely dependent on the logging and timber industry. The city hadn’t had a professional sports team since the late 1920’s when the Portland Rosebuds of the Western Hockey League disbanded. Seattle, Washington–175 miles North of Portland–had been awarded an expansion franchise in 1967, but it was a significantly larger and economically diverse city. An NBA franchise in Portland in 1970 wasn’t much different than a team located in Maine would be today. The city did have a beautiful new arena (Memorial Coliseum) and needed a tenant so hustler/’sports promoter’ Harry Glickman made it happen.
Like most expansion teams, the Blazers struggled at the outset and didn’t make the playoffs in the first six years of their existence. Then something funny happened–the team won the NBA championship in their 8th year in the league, and the city of Portland fell in love with the Trail Blazers. The Blazers sold out their home game on April 5, 1978 and played before a full house for almost 20 consecutive years. The 814 consecutive game sellout streak is the longest in major North American professional sports and didn’t end until 1995 when the team moved into the 20,000 seat Rose Garden Arena. During the height of ‘Blazer Mania’, there wasn’t a more difficult ticket in college or pro sports than to a Portland home game at Memorial Coliseum.
There was plenty of success on the court as well, and the Blazers would make the playoffs in 25 of the next 26 seasons. Although Portland has yet to win another NBA Championship, they put together a powerhouse team in the 1980’s led by Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter which reached the finals twice. The team has dealt with a few bumps along the way but the Blazers are on the rise again with young stars LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. Portland’s population has almost doubled since the Blazers came into the league but ‘Rip City’ is still known for their passionate and knowledgeable NBA basketball fans.
For Blazers’ fans, it’s essentially a ‘good news/bad news’ scenario regarding national TV appearances. The good news is that playing in the Pacific Time Zone makes Portland a good fit for the late game of “doubleheaders” on TNT and ESPN. The bad news is that they’re always the third option for this slot behind the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. There’s plenty of television coverage in the Portland metro area on KGW and Comcast SportsNet Northwest. Serious fans can subscribe to the NBA League Pass package on cable and satellite television to watch *every* televised NBA game.
You may or may not be able to find a Portland Trail Blazers live stream just because they’re playing on television. KGW does not offer streaming of live programing and Comcast SportsNet Northwest only makes streaming available to people who do not get the network on their local cable system. TNT live streams only selected games, but ESPN streams all of the NBA games they broadcast. The exception is live games on ABC (17 games starting on Christmas Day) for which streaming is available only in selected markets. The NBA League Pass does have a comprehensive online streaming platform supporting PC viewing along with a growing number of other devices.
Since it can be such a confusing mess to stream games through broadcast TV outlets many fans do the smart thing and watch Portland Trailblazers online for free. There’s plenty of live sports streams available online and a growing number of websites that index them. Among the most popular live sports streaming sites are Wiziwig, Front Row Sports, Sports Stream TV and Stream2Watch. There are others, and new sites are always coming online so it’s smart to do a Google search for the latest information. No matter what source you use it’s extremely easy to watch Blazers game live or even locate a radio stream for tonight’s game.
After you find a stream for the game, you want to watch you have plenty of options for viewing it. You can select the speed of the stream to best work with your Internet connection. You can access many streams with tablets/smartphones as well as set top boxes like Roku and Google ChromeCast. Finding a Portland Trailblazers live stream is the best way to take the hassle out of viewing and the only way to make sure you see every game!