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Quick: Blazers Coach Terry Stotts Takes Blame For Team's Late-Game Struggles

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Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts says his team's late-game struggles are his fault.

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Jason Quick of The Oregonian lays out some numbers behind the Portland Trail Blazers' late-game struggles and quotes coach Terry Stotts, who says the execution issues are his fault.

"I need to do a better job of putting guys in position to make plays. Part of my job is to put them in position to succeed. And lately, whether it's missed shots, missed communication, turnovers, or poor shots, ultimately it's on me.''

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"Look, if you win, you chose wisely,'' Stotts said. "But the ultimate proof of the pudding is whether you win or not, or whether you make the shot or not. I have to do a better job making sure I put us in position to make that shot.''

The full story -- which includes recent late-game shooting breakdowns for LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard -- is right here.

The comments come after Stotts second-guessed his own (lack of a) play call during a recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers and after the Blazers conceded an 11-0 closing run during a loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter