What a difference a couple of weeks makes!
Old 01-31-2010, 09:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are the standings right now...

Cleveland 38 11 .776 - 19-3 19-8 6-1 20-6 101.0 93.9 +7.0 Won 8 9-1
Orlando 31 16 .660 6 18-4 13-12 6-3 21-9 101.1 96.0 +5.1 Won 2 6-4
Atlanta 30 16 .652 6 19-5 11-11 4-5 17-11 102.2 97.3 +4.9 Lost 1 7-3
Boston 29 16 .644 7 13-8 16-8 8-1 19-10 99.1 93.8 +5.4 Lost 3 3-7
Toronto 26 22 .542 11 17-6 9-16 4-3 18-15 104.1 104.8 -0.7 Won 5 7-3
Charlotte 24 22 .522 12 18-5 6-17 4-4 15-16 95.4 93.8 +1.5 Won 3 7-3
Chicago 23 22 .511 13 14-7 9-15 6-3 13-12 95.6 97.9 -2.4 Won 5 8-2
Miami 24 23 .511 13 13-11 11-12 6-4 15-11 97.1 96.4 +0.7 Lost 1 5-5


Pretty amazing what TOR, CHA and CHI have done lately.... and MIA has fallen off some... and BOS is definitely struggling!

4 and a half back of BOS now... could we actually catch them? That seemed preposterous before but it just might be possible!
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think Boston has lost 8 of their last 11, so yeah their sturggling. Plus with our favorable sched comin up it's possible. Very, very hard to do, but possible.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Winning the division would be amazing. It would put us at 3.

Boston/Atlanta would be matched up at the 4/5.

And we'd have a shot with Chicago/Charlotte with home court advantage. DEFINITELY a way to get out of the first round.
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Really depends...

Boston should bring it together to close out the season...but then again, you never know. By the time they start getting it going, we'll be firing on all cylinders.

Gonna be an interesting end to the season no doubt.
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KG looked old and worn down tonight against LA. I don't know if it's rust he still has to shake off or a sign of things to come but if KG isn't right and we can keep this level of play up who knows what could happen.
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a) We're not going to win the division. Boston are a veteran team who will get it together.
b) Everyone is on such a high from this winning streak that when we lose one this place is going to come crashing down harder than an anvil dropped from a story up through the floor of a glass boat.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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a) We're not going to win the division. Boston are a veteran team who will get it together.
b) Everyone is on such a high from this winning streak that when we lose one this place is going to come crashing down harder than an anvil dropped from a story up through the floor of a glass boat.
Lol.... well hopefully that one won't be against NJ.

I'm expecting a loss or two over these next 10 games.... as long as we continue to play well and avoid the losing STREAKS I'll be happy.
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Boston is in some trouble. Their entire team looks old right now and Rondo isn't producing to the level he should.

I think they move Allen at the deadline for some youth.

As for us catching them. Anything is possible I guess but we're on a massive hot streak and we're going to have to maintain at least a .600 winning % from this point on.
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Boston is in some trouble. Their entire team looks old right now and Rondo isn't producing to the level he should.

I think they move Allen at the deadline for some youth.

As for us catching them. Anything is possible I guess but we're on a massive hot streak and we're going to have to maintain at least a .600 winning % from this point on.
Any chance we could get Ray Allen Claud?

I think he'd put us in Eastern conference contention. I mean our PG's create SO many open 3s for our guys especially when people double Bosh. He's also a solid defender.
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Boston is in some trouble. Their entire team looks old right now and Rondo isn't producing to the level he should.

I think they move Allen at the deadline for some youth.

As for us catching them. Anything is possible I guess but we're on a massive hot streak and we're going to have to maintain at least a .600 winning % from this point on.
People are overreacting, I saw the game against the Lakers. Boston was clearly the better team throughout most of the game. The lakers are just too much of a talented team. Alot of LA points were one on one circus shots, while Boston played strong fundemental basketball. They are a deep team, that is very dangerous in the playoffs we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Any chance we could get Ray Allen Claud?

I think he'd put us in Eastern conference contention. I mean our PG's create SO many open 3s for our guys especially when people double Bosh. He's also a solid defender.
Ray allen would not be a good choice, at all. He is extremely inconsistent, and his defense isn't great. The one player we shouldn't have let go that would have been perfect is anthony parker. He is doing amazing in Cleveland and his defense is decent
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Little high, little low...

When before the start of the season most people here were looking at the schedule, shaking their heads and agreeing that 0.500 by the NY would be very satisfactory, everyone seemed sane. Then, the reality actually confirmed our predictions for a change, but by the end of November, most here were ready to fire BC, Triano and shoot most of the roster.

The schedule improves, and with it the pendulum swings the other way. Now, it is starting to seem that the team is way better than it actually is. Defence is still an issue - NY and Indy shouldn't score over a 100 points against a serious playoffs team. Offence has improved, but some players still haven't found a consistent rhythm. In other words - they still have ways to go to improve as a group and the February schedule provides them with a perfect opportunity to do so, as March and April are going to be significantly tougher.

By the end of February, we will know much better whether this team is actually capable of catching the Celtics. For now, I'd worry more about Charlotte catching us.
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Ray allen would not be a good choice, at all. He is extremely inconsistent, and his defense isn't great. The one player we shouldn't have let go that would have been perfect is anthony parker. He is doing amazing in Cleveland and his defense is decent
Really, one of the best shooters of all time is inconsistent? Really? His defence isn't great? He did a fabulous job on Kobe today, Kobe just did a great job of making shots.

That being said, Boston does have problems. They looked slow against Orlando and absolutely terrible against Atlanta.
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Really, one of the best shooters of all time is inconsistent? Really? His defence isn't great? He did a fabulous job on Kobe today, Kobe just did a great job of making shots.

That being said, Boston does have problems. They looked slow against Orlando and absolutely terrible against Atlanta.
Most teams in the league look old and slow against Atlanta. Our team is relatively young and they look 100-years old against the Hawks. That team is just soooo athletic... *insert a salivating smiley*
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Little high, little low...

When before the start of the season most people here were looking at the schedule, shaking their heads and agreeing that 0.500 by the NY would be very satisfactory, everyone seemed sane. Then, the reality actually confirmed our predictions for a change, but by the end of November, most here were ready to fire BC, Triano and shoot most of the roster.

The schedule improves, and with it the pendulum swings the other way. Now, it is starting to seem that the team is way better than it actually is. Defence is still an issue - NY and Indy shouldn't score over a 100 points against a serious playoffs team. Offence has improved, but some players still haven't found a consistent rhythm. In other words - they still have ways to go to improve as a group and the February schedule provides them with a perfect opportunity to do so, as March and April are going to be significantly tougher.

By the end of February, we will know much better whether this team is actually capable of catching the Celtics. For now, I'd worry more about Charlotte catching us.
So the wins against LAL, SA, ORL, DAL and CHA mean nothing then?

Maybe we were just lucky that they were "missin' shats"?
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So the wins against LAL, SA, ORL, DAL and CHA mean nothing then?

Maybe we were just lucky that they were "missin' shats"?
Who says those wins mean nothing?! I was just saying that it's a bit too early to seriously discuss the possibility of winning the division...
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Defence is still an issue - NY and Indy shouldn't score over a 100 points against a serious playoffs team.
2nd night of a back to back against NY after a tough game vs. Miami + travel.

We gave up 102 today.

Actually recently we've been one of the best defensive teams in the league and so that's why all of the optomism here. We're not just outscoring teams, we're clamping down and getting stops when we need to. We're coming back from 10+ defecits. We're beating the best teams in the league despite all kinds of injuries.

That's why people are optomistic. And after 33 wins last year... let us be optomistic damnit!
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Who says those wins mean nothing?! I was just saying that it's a bit too early to seriously discuss the possibility of winning the division...
We're 4 1/2 games back and we have a sched that's easy as pie over the next 10 games.... I think that merits some discussion.

I said nothing about WINNING the division.... I only wondered if we could catch BOS over this next stretch.

It's OK to be a LITTLE bit positive Mike.
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Every team ahead of the Raptors could be vulnerable just beacause of an injury to key people.
Boston is old the only really young starter is Rondo plus they have a depth problem.
As long as Carter "SUCKS" Orlando hasn't that needed second option.
Atlanta is young and athletic hard for Raptors and think will be second seed.
Cleveland is top seed unless LJ has a season ending injury ( hope not )
Raptors have a really outside chance at catching Boston or Orlando.
Boston has played 3 less games than Toronto so with a older roster the last few months will be tougher on them.

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I think our defense is a lot better than anybody thought. I know it sounds crazy when you look at the stats and we're the worse defensive team in the league.

BUT, we've shown over and over in the past month or so that we can be quite good on defense when we have to. We're still not there, tonight was embarassing from the 1st to the last minute (they just stopped making 3s, but our defense was just as bad in the final 3 minutes as in the first 3).

However, we are a legitimate elite offensive team, and if we could keep and improve our defense and manage to maintain focus game to game - we have a shot, small as it is, to catch one of the top 4 teams ahead of us.
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