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Stotts second in Coach of the Year vote

TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Terry Stotts has a conversation with NBA official Brian Forte during Game 4 of the Trail Blazers first-round playoff series Monday night at Moda Center.Terry Stotts is No. 2.

The Trail Blazers coach finished second to Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Coach of the Year balloting.

Kerr got 64 first-place votes and 381 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Stotts had 37 first-place votes and 335 points.

Gregg Popovich of San Antonio, who has won the award three times, took third with 10 first-place votes and 166 points.

Stotts took his runner-up showing in stride on Tuesday.

“It’s nice to be in the mix,” he said. “It’s been a special year. To be in consideration — I know it sounds hokey, but there are so many good coaches in this league and Golden State had a historically good year … to be thought of so well by that many people is very flattering.”