June 12, 2021

Looking back at Terry Stotts’ accomplishments with the Trail Blazers

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Looking back at Terry Stotts’ accomplishments with the Blazers originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

Terry Stotts had one of the most impressive runs in Portland Trail Blazers history as their head coach.

Eight straight playoff appearances in nine seasons, but his teams were only able to advance past the first-round once. In 2019, the team advanced to the Western Conference Finals and lost to the Golden State Warriors in four games.

In 62 playoff games, the Blazers went 22-40 (35.5%) under Stotts. His playoff games coached are second to Rick Adelman’s 69, and wins are third behind Adelman’s 36, and Jack Ramsay’s 29.

As for the regular-season, he coached three 50-win seasons and appeared in 702 games, posting a record of 402-318 (55.8%).

Stotts coached the second-most games and wins in franchise history, both categories in which he trails Ramsay.

Over his tenure in Rip City, he was an eight-time recipient of the Western Conference Coach of the Month Award.

The last iconic game Stotts coached was Damian Lillard’s masterpiece in Game 5 against the Denver Nuggets. Lillard posted 55 points and 10 assists and his 12 three-pointers

Most, if not all, of Stotts’ most memorable moments at the helm, include Lillard. Whether it was his series-clinching shot against the Houston Rockets in 2014 or his side-step shot in 2019 against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stotts is Blazers royalty, despite the limited playoff success.

He always came off as a likable guy and respected by his peers. Stotts is just a casualty of the business of the NBA. Limited success on a team riddled with injuries and just not being as good as the teams eliminating them. That’s the summary of Stotts’ time with the Blazers.

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