In his seventh season as head coach of the Trail Blazers, Nate McMillan has probably never sustained more criticism from the team's fans than he has of late.
"Of course you hear it -- but you don't even have to hear it," McMillan said. "You drop four straight home games, you lose to Washington, and you know what people are thinking and how they are feeling.
"So it's not like I'm walking out here assuming that people are not calling for my job. I get that. It's part of the business."
The Blazers are 17-16 after a 7-2 start and are only 5-11 on the road after a 103-92 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. They are 2-10 in games decided by five points or fewer, which indicates they are not getting the job done in the clutch of close games.
McMillan said in tough times, it's important for a coach to stick to what he believes in.
"Sometimes if you go down, you are going down your way," he said. "I do care what people say, because I understand that winning and losing has a big impact on this community every day.
"But (fans) are not in here. They don't know where our guys are at, and who is what. They are coaches from the stands. We all do that. But I have to do what I think is right."
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