Bulls’ Jim Boylen calls Blazers’ Terry Stotts a ‘top 2 or 3’ coach in the NBA
The Portland Trail Blazers are one of the most disappointing teams this season. After reaching the Western Conference Finals during their 2018-19 campaign, they are just 5-13 right now. They are set to face the Chicago Bulls, another cellar-dwelling team on Monday night, and fans are hoping that they will be able to turn things around from this point forward.
Bulls head coach Jim Boylen is a believer of Blazers coach Terry Stotts, whom he considers as one of the top three coaches in the NBA right now.
Boylen called Terry Stotts a “top two or three” coach in the league and said there’s nobody he respects more.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 25, 2019
Stotts has been coaching the Blazers since 2012. His record with the team over the past seven years is 325-249. Although Portland has only missed the playoffs once during his tenure, the veteran coach has failed to lead the team past the conference finals.
The Blazers are confident that Stotts will be able to get the job done. However, they will need to find a way to start winning because securing a playoff spot in the Western Conference is extremely difficult.
Portland lost four straight, but they have an opportunity to snap that streak against the Bulls. If Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Carmelo Anthony will all have good games offensively, they have a good chance to win.
The Bulls, nonetheless, will probably take advantage of the Blazers’ weak interior defense. Portland’s bigs are dealing with injuries and it’s one of the reasons why they have been struggling all season.
If Chicago can get another good game from Daniel Gafford, they can get the W and add to the Blazers’ woes at the same time.