Terry Stotts Rumors
“Everybody that has somethin (sic) to say about coach Stotts doesn’t know a damn thing about what it takes to win a close game,” Lillard wrote. “Players have to play and get the job done. Our coaches put us in position to do what we need to do and we just got to get it done. We’re 8-7 and should prob (sic) be 12-3 or 11-4 but all things considered we will find it and as always get it done. Smh [shaking my head].”
After the home rematch against the Kings on Saturday night, Lillard explained why he chose to jump into the social media fray. “Because people think they know more about what it takes to get things done at this level … For our team than they actually do,” he said. “We’re in this position for a reason. And coach Stotts had two 50-win seasons here and four straight years in the playoffs for a reason –because he knows what he’s doing. They mention … our record is 8-7 and we’re having breakdowns late in games. Well those breakdowns are a missed shot here, a turnover there, a defensive breakdown here, giving up extra possessions, missed free throws. It’s things that players control. If we were down 30 every game, that’s different. But we’re in position to win games. And when it’s time to win games, that’s the players’ job.
Kerry Eggers: Terry Stotts on Magic PF @Aaron Gordon, who is third in NBA in 3-pt pct. at .519: ‘i’ve never seen a guy improve his 3-point shooting like he did overnight. To shoot 28, 29 percent his 1st 3 years and then to shoot 52 this year — that’s not a fluke. He’s put a lot of work in.”
In each of the Portland Trail Blazers’ last two games, backup center Ed Davis has earned the fourth quarter minutes over Nurkic, finishing out close losses to Memphis and Brooklyn. Nurkic said he spoke with Blazers coach Terry Stotts and there is no brewing conflict between Portland’s young center and the head coach. “I respect coach’s decision,” said Nurkic, who scored 21 points against Brooklyn despite only playing for 53 seconds in the fourth quarter. “And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there’s (not) anything wrong.”
“Jusuf Nurkic wants to play well, but he wants us to win,” Terry Stotts added. “When I talked to him he was more upset that we lost the game (against Brooklyn), than about him not playing in the fourth quarter. We’re at a stage, we’ve lost two in a row, just winning the game is the most important thing for everybody.”
Jay Triano spoke to Steve Nash on the phone recently about what to do with his struggling young players — almost a college team competing in the NBA. Nash directed the talk away from basketball. He sums up his advice this way via email: “There is no true development without competitiveness and resilience. Without those, it’s just window dressing.” That is what Triano will focus on in teaching Booker, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Josh Jackson, and the rest: play hard, run back on defense, grasp the ground-level fundamentals of NBA help defense — or come out of the game. “It can’t be just skills,” Triano says, reconstructing his conversation with Nash. Some coaches, including Terry Stotts, Triano’s boss for four years in Portland, sometimes use cards outlining their playing rotation. Triano hasn’t gotten that far, and he’s not sure he will all season. One rule governs: compete or sit.
The league implemented new timeout rules this season, reducing the total number of timeouts from 18 to 14 and limiting the number of timeouts a team can carry into the last three minutes from three to two. The number of available timeouts in the final three has had the biggest impact on in-game strategy. “Last year, you had two fulls and a twenty and then under two it flipped to twenties and a full,” Stotts explained. “So you didn’t lose a timeout. You still had three timeouts. That was the biggest thing so nobody would take that timeout (before the three minute mark).”