Although the Golden State Warriors defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games, it doesn’t do justice to just how competitive of a series it really was.

While the Warriors were the No. 1 seed and the Blazers the No. 5 seed, both teams were evenly-matched throughout. As the series concluded on Wednesday night with Game 5, Golden State barely held on for a 125-121 victory.

Following the conclusion of the game, Steve Kerr met with Terry Stotts for the ritual postgame handshake. During the exchange, Kerr gave Stotts a compliment he likely won’t forget:

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For those that can’t lipread, Kerr told Stotts, “I really love your team.”

After an offseason that saw the Blazers lose LaMarcus Aldridge and three of their other starters from the 2014-15 team, no one expected the 2015-16 squad to make the playoffs, let alone advance to the second round.

Because the Blazers were able to excel with the second-best backcourt in the NBA featuring Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, they were able to exceed all expectations.

As Portland enters the 2016 offseason, they’re a team that is certainly on the rise in the Western Conference.

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