25. 1979-80 Portland Trail Blazers
By the time the 1979-80 Portland Trail Blazers were fortunate enough to make the playoffs with a 38-44 record, the field had expanded to six teams. That meant futility still had a spot in the postseason and the Trail Blazers were the lucky recipients.
Now there were two sets of three-game series that would go on to play the top two seeds in the next round. In a three-game series with their rivals to the north, the Trail Blazers took the Seattle Super Sonics to the third and final game of the series.
This team that won a championship with Bill Walton recently, was in a different place by this point. Walton was gone and the Trail Blazers were not the team that had finally hoisted an NBA Championship a few years before.
They would rebound to a winning record the very next year, but it wasn’t enough as they would be bounced in another three-game series. Every team goes through some lean years after a championship window has closed and for this Trail Blazers’ team, a 38-win season was about as lean as it could have gotten for them.