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2001–02 Portland Trail Blazers season

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Head coach  Maurice Cheeks
Record  49–33 (.598)
Arena  Rose Garden Arena
Place  Division: 3rd (Pacific) Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish  West First Round (eliminated 0–3)

The 2001–02 season was the 32nd season of the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During the offseason, head coach Mike Dunleavy was fired after four years and two trips to the Western Conference finals, and replaced by Maurice Cheeks, as the Blazers acquired Derek Anderson and Steve Kerr from the San Antonio Spurs and signed free agent Ruben Patterson. The Blazers finished third in the Pacific Division with a 49–33 record, making the playoffs for the 20th consecutive year.

As in the previous year, the Blazers faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs. And the result was identical: the Blazers were swept in three straight games by the Lakers, who would go on to win their third consecutive NBA championship. It was the fifth time in six years the Blazers' postseason run was ended by the Lakers. Following the season, Shawn Kemp was released and later signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic, and Kerr was traded back to the San Antonio Spurs.

z - clinched division title y - clinched division title x - clinched playoff spot

West First Round

(3) Los Angeles Lakers vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers Last Playoff Meeting: 2001 Western Conference First Round (Los Angeles won 3-0)

References

2001–02 Portland Trail Blazers season Wikipedia


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