By: Frank Hyden
Stan Van Gundy recently complained on Twitter about Chris Broussard complaining about the Portland Trail Blazers offense on his radio show. Broussard said that he thinks Portland has peaked in coach Terry Stotts’ offensive system. Broussard responded by saying that unless SVG would have called for another coach’s firing when he was a coach, he shouldn’t call for a media member’s job now that he’s in the media.
Just a little Twitter beef, I don’t think much will come of this. They both raise some interesting points. Portland has played well but hasn’t been able to get over the hump. Some of that is injuries and some of it is just the team they have. However, some of it might also be coaching. It would be crazy, though, to get rid of Stotts unless you can get someone better to replace him. I think you give Stotts another year, minimum. The only exception being is if you could get a great coach to come in instead. Portland was doing well against the Lakers until Damian Lillard got hurt. No one thinks of them as a title contender but things change. You get a good player in the Draft or make some smart free agency moves and there you go, you’re in it.
-Portland was eliminated last night by the Lakers 131-122. Getting eliminated in 5 games is rough but the Lillard injury was a huge factor. The Milwaukee Bucks also eliminated the Orlando Magic 4-1 with a 118-104 win, they’ll face the Miami Heat in the next round. The Houston Rockets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-80 to take a 3-2 lead in their series.
Round 2 starts today as the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors play at 1PM EST. Two more teams could advance to the second round themselves when the Los Angeles Clippers, up 3-2 in the series, play the Dallas Mavericks at 3:30PM EST and Utah Jazz, up 3-2 in the series) play the Denver Nuggets at 8:30PM EST.
-Continuing the Trail Blazers focus, sad news as Cliff Robinson died yesterday at the age of 53. He played 18 total seasons, 8 with Portland before a few years each with the Phoenix Suns, the Detroit Pistons, the Golden State Warriors, and the New Jersey Nets. He was the 6th Man of the year in 1993 and was an All-Star in 1994.
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