1) you're reading a fortune cookie. you don't know anything more than that they've improved on paper. like CG said about miller, you don't know how players will adapt to a new offensive focus on the team. how will iggy and williams adapt? how will evans and daley respond with brand taking up their defensive zones? adding impact payers doesn't necessarily make a team improved, especially a team that won games based on chemistry and momentum.
also, we didn't improve because of injuries. we didn't want to tinker with the chemistry that we built the previous season.
2)you don't need a comparable record to make comarisions. like philly last season, we were the hottest team in the second half. we completely jumped on teams sleeping on us until we had the confidence to carry us thru the rest of the season. much like how we capitalized the demise of the atlantic, the sixers capitalized on the demise of miami, chicago, and new jersey.
how exactly won't they be effected? they're being treated like a contender in the east. until proven otherwise, teams will be facing them like they belong. they were mediocre, now they'll be good. who's kidding who?
and you're a douchebag because you're bending my point