Does Terry Stotts kiss his mother with that mouth?
"He cussed us out at halftime," Wesley Matthews said of Stotts, via The Oregonian's Joe Freeman. "First time I’ve seen that much emotion from him. And I think we fed off that coming into the second half."
They most certainly did.
Trailing by six entering the third quarter, the Blazers came out with a vengeance. Sort of. They outscored Orlando 26-24 in the third, before exploding for 39 fourth-quarter points, turning a four-point deficit into a 16-point landslide.
Whatever curse words Stotts was using worked, and his frustration was warranted.
The Blazers, darlings of the NBA, were losers of two straight. What's more, those previous two losses came against the Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers, two teams that don't figure into the playoff picture.
Dropping a third straight to the tanking Magic would've been unacceptable, and additional inquiries into Portland's legitimacy as contenders would've indubitably been lodged.
Something needed to be said, and Stotts said it, using language not suitable for children, senior citizens, men of the cloth and anyone turned off by reverberating expletives.
What exactly did he say? The Blazers wouldn't tell.
Maybe they were sworn to secrecy. Or perhaps Stotts' raw emotional display scared them silent. Maybe it was some combination of both.
Either way, it leads us to believe Stotts did more than call his Blazers a sorry bunch of glazed donut face asses.
Instead, we're inclined to think there were a few F-bombs and S-missiles involved. Stotts might have even dropped some rubber and glue references.
We can only imagine.
"I can't repeat any of it, and it was one of those things where he almost didn't even have to do it, but it was good that he did," Matthews admitted, via CBS Sports. "We thrived off that."
Guess there's no reason for Stotts to throw some money in the swear jar, then. Or change his halftime-speech tongue-lashings at all.
If it's not broke, don't censor it.