Optimist Prime, on 30 November 2012 - 03:30 PM, said:
I will say... We had some similar blowout losses before with Dwight. I recall a game against the Knicks last year that was just embarrassing. I think three seasons ago there was one where we blew a 20 point lead to the Wiz.
I say this because one big loss does not automatically reflect the mettle of the team. I think the Minny game this year was just as bad, but we sort of bounces back from that. We will see how the team fares against Brooklyn, I guess.
In fact, I'd expect there to be a huge variance this year. I imagine we'll blow out a big-name team one night, and then lose to the Wizards the next. It's going to be that kind of season and we have those kinds of players, and brand spanking new coach, and basically a whole new team the majority of which are rookies or bench-warmers.
Can't stress that enough.
We won't lose every game, or even most games, but there will be nights were the team will inevitably just be "on" and we'll win when we're not supposed to.
[edit: also, imagine how sad it is that, as much as this team was just blown up and is in its first year of rebuilding, we're STILL better than four or five other teams. Could you imagine being a fan of them? Ouch.]