The Portland Trail Blazers' season came to an end on Wednesday night as they were beaten 125-121 by the Golden State Warriors in game five of their Western Conference semi-finals series.
There won't be much disappointment in Portland as it was a campaign in which they overachieved and made the playoffs against all odds after losing four starting players last summer including LaMarcus Aldridge.
Their togetherness and never say die attitude saw them dispel all the pre-season predictions and they displayed these characteristics and went down with a fight against the defending champions too.
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Apart from the game one the Blazers were more than a match for the Dubs and could easily have come away with more than one win had they been able to close games out, as they had double digit leads in several of the encounters.
Nonetheless, Rip City can go out with their heads held high and look ahead to a bright future led by their talented backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
One man who also deserves immense credit is head coach Terry Stotts whose stock has risen considerably with what he's been able to achieve in Portland this year.
The 58-year-old came second in the Coach of the Year voting and would've won the accolade were it not for the record-breaking success of the Golden State Warriors.
The Blazers are certainly ready to reward Stotts, though, as reports have emerged that they are willing to offer him an extended contract.
Per Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN, the team's first objective in the offseason is to tie down one of the league's most talented coaches and it could well be the smartest decision the front office will make.
The franchise currently holds a team option on Stotts' existing deal but sources say the two parties will discuss the possibility of extending that beyond the 2016-17 season.
In his four years with the organisation, Stotts has accrued a record of 182-146 and has guided the team to the postseason in every campaign.
Expectations were low coming into 2015-16 but Stotts and the Blazers exceeded those by finishing fifth in the west with a 44-38 record.
During his tenure, the coach has also been influential in the development of guards Lillard and McCollum, with the latter being named as the league's Most Improved Player recently.
At the end of the regular season, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reported that Stotts had the backing of several players to continue in the role and earn a long-term deal.
"I've had every personality as a coach you can possibly think of," Blazers forward Ed Davis said. "I can't say one bad thing about Coach Stotts, from his coaching style to how he treats people.
"I always say I want to play hard for him every night. I probably want to play harder for him than I do for myself. It's all respect from here."
In a league where players can have a big say in the future of coaches, the endorsement of his players should see Stotts remain in Portland for the foreseeable future.News Now - Sport News