Apparently the Blazers' late run was enough to turn some heads. From the Blazers:
NATE MCMILLAN NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL
Trail Blazers go 5-2 in April, head to playoffs for third straight year
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Trail Blazers Head Coach Nate McMillan was named the NBA's Western Conference Coach of the Month for April, it was announced today by the NBA.
McMillan led the Trail Blazers to a 5-2 month, the best record of any Western Conference team in April, including wins against Oklahoma City, Dallas and the Los Angeles Lakers. Portland enters the 2011 NBA Playoffs as the number six seed in the Western Conference.
In his sixth year as Trail Blazers Head Coach, McMillan became the third coach in team history to reach 200 wins on October 27, 2010. He became the ninth-youngest coach in NBA history to reach 450 career wins on March 19, 2011.
This is the third time McMillan has received the honor as Head Coach of the Trail Blazers (April 2009, December 2007), and the fourth time overall. McMillan is the second Trail Blazers coach to win the honor three times, joining Rick Adelman (March 1990, November 1990, April 1991).
Chicago's Tom Thibodeau earned the nod for Eastern Conference Coach of the Month.