Portland Trail Blazers star guard Damian Lillard admitted that his team isn't good enough to win an NBA championships following a first round exit. The Denver Nuggets beat the Trail Blazers 126-115 in Game 6 to close out the series and progress into the Western Conference Semifinals.
"I mean, we didn't win a championship, so obviously where we are now isn't good enough," Lillard said, per ESPN. "I don't know what a shakeup looks like or what changes will be made or could be made, but obviously as is, it wasn't good enough.
We came up short against a team without their starting point guard and shooting guard (Will Barton and Jamal Murray). ... Obviously, where we are isn't good enough to win a championship if it's not good enough to get out of a first-round series with two of their best three or four players not on the floor."
The Trail Blazers have stuck to head coach Terry Stotts for a long-time but he could lose his job this summer. "My job security? I'm under contract for two more years. I'm sure, just like the end of every year, we're all evaluated.
Players, coaches, management -- we're all evaluated. So we'll see what happens," Stotts said. "We'll see what happens, but all I know is I'm under contract for two more years."
Lillard admits disappointing to lose the series at home
"For our season to end on our home floor is disappointing.
That's as far as I am right now," Lillard said. "I'm not thinking about none of the other s--- like change or whatever, man. We'll see what happens, but I haven't even thought that far out." The Nuggets were without their starting guards Jamal Murray and Will Barton.
"We didn't make excuses and we still don't make excuses. Disappointing ending, this isn't what we wanted, but we don't hang our heads. Just came up short," Lillard said. "We didn't do what was necessary to win a series and gotta keep fighting, keep working and keep coming back to battle.
Regardless of how it ended, we're always going to have our heads held high, have class and go about it like real warriors. We lost, they were the better team, congratulations to them. It's back to the drawing board for us."
Meanwhile, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is determined to improve this summer. "My job is to get better. Work on my game to improve so that I can help the team," McCollum said. "My job isn't to worry about those things."