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Eggers: Blazers Coach Terry Stotts Talks Beating Expectations, Damian Lillard's Impact, Minutes Distribution

Blazers coach Terry Stotts talks beating expectations, Damian Lillard's Impact, and his minutes distribution.

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Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune catches up with Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts for a nice Q and A.

On beating early expectations

I'm pleased with the record we have. I'm pleased with the direction of the team, with how we're playing.

But we can't be satisfied or complacent with where we are. Our schedule from here on out is the toughest in the league. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We can't get too full of ourselves. But we have a good home record, and the recent 3-1 road trip was the most significant thing we've done up to now.

Damian Lillard's immediate impact

Kyrie Irving had a really good season last year. Chris Paul and Deron Williams and had a major impact on their teams as rookies. Those are the ones who come to mind. Being compared to Chris Paul is pretty good.

On heavy minutes for his starters

Big minutes are relative. The only thing unusual is four guys (on one team) averaging that many minutes. I don't think individually those are heavy minutes.


I'm very cognizant of their minutes and trying to rotate them. I try to keep them under 40. We've played five overtime games, which bumps the average. I want to keep them at a manageable number.

Stotts was also interviewed on TrueHoopTV on Wednesday. Some of the Blazers tossed his name in the hat for "Coach of the Year" recognition.

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