Blazers news: Terry Stotts offers praise for Nuggets, says 'they have my utmost respect'
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Blazers coach Terry Stotts offers praise for Nuggets, says ‘they have my utmost respect’

Terry Stotts, Blazers, Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets have earned the respect of Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts.

Stotts told the media the Nuggets “have my utmost respect” during the postgame conference of the Blazers’ 100-96 Game 7 road win at the Pepsi Center on May 12, per NBA TV’s official Twitter account.

Portland’s victory secured a date with the defending champions Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. It’s the Blazers’ first appearance in the conference finals in 19 years.

As for the Nuggets, they secured their best record in six years (54-28). They also made their first playoff appearance during that span.

It’s by no means a failed season for Denver. Making it to the second round of the playoffs is an achievement in itself. Nuggets fans have pined for a winning team in six years. Denver has established a solid foundation in center Nikola Jokic and point guard Jamal Murray.

Stotts reaching out to the Nuggets was a great display of sportsmanship on his part. It was a grueling, hard-fought series which went the distance.

It was NBA playoff basketball at its finest. From Jokic confronting Meyers Leonard to Will Barton pointing a finger at Seth Curry’s face, it was a series NBA fans won’t forget.

Now, Stotts and Co. set their sights on Steph Curry and the Warriors. Curry vs. Curry is just one of the juicy storylines of the 2019 Western Conference Finals.

Can the Blazers upset the Warriors? Can the former win its second NBA title? Can Damian Lillard and his crew relive the glory years of Clyde Drexler, Jerome Kersey, and Terry Porter? Fans in Rip City have plenty of reason to become excited.