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1981–82 Washington Bullets season

The 1981–82 NBA season was the Bullets’ 21st season in the NBA and their ninth in the city of Washington, D.C.[1] The Bullets finished 43–39 and won their first playoff round against the New Jersey Nets. They lost the semifinals to a powerful Boston Celtic outfit and their Nets win would prove their last playoff series win until 2004–05 against the Chicago Bulls.

1981–82 Washington Bullets season
Head coachGene Shue
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Results
Record43–39 (.524)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Atlantic)
Conference: 5th (Eastern)
Playoff finishEast Conference Semifinals
(eliminated 1-4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionWDCA
RadioWTOP
< 1980–81 1982–83 >

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 11 Frank Johnson PG   United States Wake Forest
2 35 Charles Davis SF   United States Vanderbilt
2 41 Claude Gregory PF   United States Wisconsin
2 44 Steve Lingenfelter PF   United States South Dakota State
3 48 Mike Ferrara   United States Colgate
4 79 Ron Davis   United States Arizona
5 103 Garry Witts   United States Holy Cross
6 125 Robert Williams   United States Grambling State
7 149 Randy Martel   United States Houston Baptist
8 170 Mike Howard   United States Wofford
9 193 Eddie Brown   United States Valdosta State
10 212 Ralton Way   United States Houston Baptist

RosterEdit

Washington Bullets roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 42 Ballard, Greg 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Oregon
C 9 Chones, Jim 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Marquette
SF 23 Davis, Charles 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Vanderbilt
F 35 Grevey, Kevin 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Kentucky
PF 24 Haywood, Spencer 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Detroit
PG 15 Johnson, Frank 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Wake Forest
G 5 Lucas, John 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Maryland
PF 44 Mahorn, Rick 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Hampton
PG 1 Porter, Kevin 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) St. Francis (PA)
C 43 Ruland, Jeff 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Iona (NY)
G 12 Terry, Carlos 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Winston-Salem State
F 20 Witts, Garry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Holy Cross
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768 35–6 28–13 20–4
x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5.0 32–9 26–15 16–8
x-New Jersey Nets 44 38 .537 19.0 25–16 19–22 12–12
x-Washington Bullets 43 39 .524 20.0 22–19 21–20 7–17
New York Knicks 33 49 .402 30.0 19–22 14–27 5–19
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Boston Celtics 63 19 .768
2 y-Milwaukee Bucks 55 27 .671 8
3 x-Philadelphia 76ers 58 24 .707 5
4 x-New Jersey Nets 44 38 .537 19
5 x-Washington Bullets 43 39 .524 20
6 x-Atlanta Hawks 42 40 .512 21
7 Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 24
8 Indiana Pacers 35 47 .427 28
9 Chicago Bulls 34 48 .415 29
10 New York Knicks 33 49 .402 30
11 Cleveland Cavaliers 15 67 .183 48


Notes

  • z, y – division champions
  • x – clinched playoff spot

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1981–82 NBA records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SDC SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–5 2–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 0–2 2–0 4–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–2 5–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–4
Boston 5–1 4–2 5–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–1 5–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 0–2 2–0 6–0
Chicago 3–2 2–4 5–1 1–1 1–1 0–6 0–2 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–0 1–5 2–4 3–2 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–4
Cleveland 2–4 0–5 1–5 2–0 0–2 1–5 1–1 1–1 1–5 1–1 0–2 0–6 0–6 0–6 0–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–5
Dallas 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–5 1–1 0–5 2–4 1–1 4–2 1–4 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 1–5 2–3 1–4 3–3 1–1
Denver 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 5–1 1–1 3–2 5–1 0–2 4–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–3 2–3 2–4 5–0 2–3 3–3 2–0
Detroit 4–2 0–6 6–0 5–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–4 2–0 0–2 2–4 2–4 3–3 2–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–4
Golden State 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 5–0 2–3 0–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–4 3–2 5–1 1–5 3–2 1–1
Houston 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–2 1–5 0–2 4–1 2–0 3–3 1–4 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 3–3 4–1 2–3 6–0 2–0
Indiana 2–4 1–5 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 0–6 4–2 3–2 0–6 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–5
Kansas City 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 0–2 2–3 3–3 1–1 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–3 0–5 1–5 4–1 2–3 3–3 0–2
Los Angeles 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–0 4–1 4–1 2–0 3–3 4–1 2–0 4–1 0–2 1–1 0–2 1–1 4–2 5–1 2–3 5–1 4–2 5–0 2–0
Milwaukee 3–3 3–3 5–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 4–2 0–2 1–1 6–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–3 4–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 3–2
New Jersey 2–3 1–5 4–2 6–0 0–2 1–1 4–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 1–1 1–1 1–4 4–2 3–3 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–2
New York 1–5 1–5 2–3 6–0 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 1–1 2–3 0–2 2–0 3–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 1–5
Philadelphia 3–3 2–4 5–1 5–0 2–0 1–1 3–2 2–0 1–1 6–0 2–0 1–1 2–4 3–3 5–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 2–0 6–0
Phoenix 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 3–2 3–2 2–0 2–4 2–3 1–1 3–2 2–4 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–1 4–2 3–3 3–2 1–1
Portland 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 3–2 2–0 4–2 1–4 1–1 5–0 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–3 4–1 0–2
San Antonio 1–1 0–2 1–1 2–0 5–1 4–2 2–0 2–3 3–3 0–2 5–1 3–2 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–4 2–3 3–2 4–1 3–3 1–1
San Diego 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 1–5 1–4 0–2 1–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–4 2–4 2–3 1–5 1–4 0–2
Seattle 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 3–2 1–1 3–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–4 5–1 5–0 1–1
Utah 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 3–3 3–3 1–1 2–3 0–6 1–1 3–3 0–5 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 1–4 3–3 4–1 0–5 1–1
Washington 4–2 0–6 4–2 5–1 1–1 0–2 4–1 1–1 0–2 5–1 2–0 0–2 2–3 2–4 5–1 0–6 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

East first roundEdit

(4) New Jersey Nets vs. (5) Washington Bullets: Bullets win series 2-0

  • Game 1 @ New Jersey: Washington 96, New Jersey 83
  • Game 2 @ Washington: Washington 103, New Jersey 92

East Conference semifinalsEdit

(1) Boston Celtics vs. (5) Washington Bullets: Celtics win series 4-1

  • Game 1 @ Boston: Boston 109, Washington 91
  • Game 2 @ Boston: Washington 103, Boston 102
  • Game 3 @ Washington: Boston 92, Washington 83
  • Game 4 @ Washington: Boston 103, Washington 99
  • Game 5 @ Boston: Boston 131, Washington 126

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

PlayoffsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit