1980-81 NBA Season

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As originally posted by Tony Miller:


Before the 1980-1981 NBA season, the Dallas Mavericks joined the league, playing at Reunion Arena. They joined the Midwest Division, so the 23-team league had three divisions with six teams and only one (the Atlantic) with five. The Mavericks first hosted a national audience on March 12.

In other realignment news, San Antonio and Houston both moved from the Central Division (Eastern Conference) to the Midwest Division (Western Conference). The Bulls and Bucks moved from the Midwest to the Central.

None of the 22 previously-existing teams moved. UA-Columbia, in its second year as cable partner, changed its name to USA Network.

Data transcribed from ”’NBA on CBS’ Regular Season Schedules” and ”NBA on CBS Playoff Games”. Additional listings and significant clarifications on which games have been confirmed came from jtgrace1 and Jeff79.

For the numerous games that are not confirmed, the initials of jtgrace1's guesses are given in parentheses. These are, for the sake of emphasis, GUESSES.

OCTOBER

Friday 10/10:

Lakers-Sonics, 11:30 (taped in MT/PT), CBS. Brent Musburger, Rod Hundley, Bill Russell

Thursday 10/16:

Spurs-Pistons, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (jk-rp)

Thursday 10/23:

Warriors-Spurs, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

Thursday 10/30:

Hawks-Knicks, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

NOVEMBER

Thursday 11/6:

Mavericks-Bullets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Cavaliers-Jazz, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 11/13:

76ers-Pacers, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Spurs-Clippers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 11/20:

Rockets-Cavaliers, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Lakers-Suns, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 11/27:

Pacers-Bullets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Lakers-Warriors, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Jon McGlocklin

DECEMBER

Thursday 12/4:

Cavaliers-Spurs, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Nuggets-Jazz, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 12/11:

Knicks-Bucks, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

Thursday 12/18:

Nuggets-Cavaliers, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (jk-rp)

Thursday 12/25:

Celtics-Knicks, 12:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Nets-Bullets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Warriors-Blazers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

JANUARY

Thursday 1/1:

Jazz-Rockets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Celtics-Clippers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 1/8:

Bullets-Kings, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Mavericks-Jazz, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Thursday 1/15:

76ers-Bucks, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

Sunday 1/18:

Lakers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Thursday 1/22:

76ers-Bullets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Knicks-Clippers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 1/25:

Suns-76ers, 12:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Sonics-Celtics, 12:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Thursday 1/29:

Celtics-Bulls, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Kings-Lakers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Jon McGlocklin

FEBRUARY

Sunday 2/1:

NBA All-Star Game at Richfield, Ohio (Cleveland)

West-East, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry, Rod Hundley

Thursday 2/5:

Celtics-Bucks, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (jk-rp)

Sunday 2/8:

Lakers-76ers, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Thursday 2/12:

Knicks-Cavaliers, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (ed-sj)

Thursday 2/19:

76ers-Bullets, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Suns-Nuggets, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 2/22:

Lakers-Knicks, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

76ers-Suns, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Thursday 2/26:

Sonics-Spurs, 8:00, USA. Announcers unknown (jk-rp)

MARCH

Sunday 3/1:

76ers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Suns-Lakers, 3:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Thursday 3/5:

Blazers-Kings, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Suns-Jazz, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 3/8:

Bucks-76ers, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Bulls-Bullets, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Thursday 3/12:

Warriors-Mavericks, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Lakers-Clippers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 3/15:

76ers-Knicks, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Bulls-Kings, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Thursday 3/19:

Bulls-Cavaliers, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Warriors-Clippers, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Sunday 3/22:

Celtics-76ers, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Thursday 3/26:

Cavaliers-Bucks, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas, Richie Powers

Spurs-Jazz, 10:30, USA. Eddie Doucette, Steve Jones

Friday 3/27:

Lakers-Sonics, 11:30 (taped in MT/PT), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Sunday 3/29:

76ers-Celtics, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

APRIL

Wednesday 4/1:

West 1st rd, g1: Rockets-Lakers, 11:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Thursday 4/2:

East 1st rd, g2: 76ers-Pacers, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas(?), Richie Powers(?)

Friday 4/3:

West 1st rd, g2: Blazers-Kings, 8:00, USA. Eddie Doucette(?), Steve Jones(?)

West 1st rd, g2: Lakers-Rockets, 11:30 (taped 8:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Bill Russell, Rick Barry

Sunday 4/5:

East semis, g1: Bulls-Celtics, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

East semis, g1: Bucks-76ers, 1:00, CBS regional. Frank Glieber, Dick Motta

West 1st rd, g3: Rockets-Lakers, 3:30, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Bill Russell

West 1st rd, g3: Kings-Blazers, 3:30, CBS regional. Rick Barry, Rod Hundley

Tuesday 4/7:

East semis, g2: Bucks-76ers, 7:30, USA. Jim Karvellas(?), Richie Powers(?)

West semis, g1: Kings-Suns, 11:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Wednesday 4/8:

West semis, g2: Rockets-Spurs, 8:00, USA. Eddie Doucette(?), Steve Jones(?)

West semis, g2: Kings-Suns, 11:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Friday 4/10:

East semis, g3: 76ers-Bucks, 8:00, USA. Jim Karvellas(?), Richie Powers(?)

East semis, g3: Celtics-Bulls, 11:40 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Sunday 4/12:

East semis, g4: 76ers-Bucks, 1:00, CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

East semis, g4: Celtics-Bulls, 1:00, CBS regional. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Wednesday 4/15:

West semis, g6: Spurs-Rockets, 8:00, USA. Eddie Doucette(?), Steve Jones(?)

East semis, g5: Bucks-76ers, 11:30 (taped 8:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Friday 4/17:

West semis, g6: Suns-Kings, 8:00, USA. Eddie Doucette(?), Steve Jones(?)

East semis, g6: 76ers-Bucks, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Sunday 4/19:

East semis, g7: Bucks-76ers, 1:00, CBS. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

West semis, g7: Kings-Suns, 3:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Tuesday 4/21:

West finals, g1: Rockets-Kings, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Wednesday 4/22:

West finals, g2: Rockets-Kings, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Friday 4/24:

West finals, g3: Kings-Rockets, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Sunday 4/26:

East finals, g4: Celtics-76ers, 1:00, CBS. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

West finals, g4: Kings-Rockets, 3:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Wednesday 4/29:

East finals, g5: 76ers-Celtics, 11:30 (taped 7:30), CBS regional. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

West finals, g5: Rockets-Kings, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS regional. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

MAY

Friday 5/1:

East finals, g6: Celtics-76ers, 11:30 (taped 8:00), CBS. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Sunday 5/3:

East finals, g7: 76ers-Celtics, 3:30, CBS. Dick Stockton, Kevin Loughery

Tuesday 5/5:

NBA Finals, g1: Rockets-Celtics, 11:30 (taped 7:30), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Thursday 5/7:

NBA Finals, g2: Rockets-Celtics, 11:30 (taped 7:30), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Saturday 5/9:

NBA Finals, g3: Celtics-Rockets, 3:30, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Sunday 5/10:

NBA Finals, g4: Celtics-Rockets, 1:00, CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Tuesday 5/12:

NBA Finals, g5: Rockets-Celtics, 11:30 (taped 8:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell

Thursday 5/14:

NBA Finals, g6: Celtics-Rockets, 11:30 (taped 10:00), CBS. Gary Bender, Rick Barry, Bill Russell