Originally Posted by The MVP of West Hollywood
Here's the thing about the Lowry injury: It hurts but teams who are actually playoff caliber can fight through it. Our schedule so far is a great example: We've played Indiana twice, Dallas, Minnesota and Philadelphia already. Indiana came into the season with high expectations but Dal, Min, Phi were always looking at low seed playoff team season, which is what BC built this team to do. Indiana is 4-6, Dallas is 5-5, Min is 5-4 despite 3 of their 4 best players getting injured so far, Phi is 5-4. That's what playoff teams do when they lose their best player, they rally together and stay above water. Philly is probably the best comparison since they're obviously a 7th or 8th seed this year. They have wins vs Denver, @ Bos, and vs Uta so far, to go along with taking care of business vs Noh and vs Tor. In reality, IND, PHI, DAL and MIN have good players aside from their injured star. We don't.
Well luckily, unlike DAL and MIN, we're still in the Eastern conference where you can still make it to the playoffs with less talent. Every year a surprise team grabs the eight spot, think Charlotte or Milwaukee. Teams that don't look that good on paper, have no decent bench or whatever, but somehow pull it off through f.e. good defense. You don't even have to own a winning record here to make it to the postseason. If healthy the Raps really could be that team, I'm convinced they could, call me naive if you will.
I'm sure we'll surprise a lot of teams when we get back to full strength. Sucks Fields will need a lot of time for that to happen...
BTW I think DAL and MIN are 2 of the deepest teams in the league.
Our benchplayers wouldn't even make their roster, except for Caldy, he'd look good in MIN. Let's trade him for Derrick Williams!!