Gannonfan wrote: ↑
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:37 am
What are they, like 7-5 so far in games against the teams in front of them in the standings? And that includes games without Embiid, and those games are evenly split between home and away. Not sure the excitement to jump off the bandwagon. This team gets to the playoffs fully healthy, regardless of their seed, and they're in a great spot. This team is constructed to win in the playoffs with defense and matchups versus the rest of the East. With all their flaws, they still look like that team that can excel in the playoffs. If we're going to pick out bad regular season losses to cross off teams, you could cross off teams every night and be left with no one ready for prime time. Heck, do we now cross off the Celtics because they lost at home to the Pistons and the Lakers because they lost at home to a Fultz-led Magic team?
With all that said, the one real concern that's popped up recently has been the play of Horford. He's been particularly brutal on both sides of the ball as of late, especially when he was supposed to blossom without Embiid on the floor. The problem is Embiid is still likely out for another 3-4 weeks, and also Horford's real value comes playoff time when he's a key player in the Sixers having matchup wins against the Bucks and the Celtics. Based on his current play you'd consider moving him, as he does have value and a contract that can be traded, but you don't want to let regular season issues get in the way of the real prize, that being success in the playoffs. Right now, I think you hold your nose with Horford and weather the storm to be healthy and intact come playoff time.
You know that I don't react to a win or a loss, I look at the whole picture and I am starting to think, we are looking at a different picture:
1) This team gets to the playoffs fully healthy, regardless of their seed, and they're in a great spot.
I disagree, they are tied for the worst road record of all 16 teams that as of today would make the playoffs. And all these games have NOT been against playoff quality teams. Sounds like they need to be the higher seed to me.
2)This team is constructed to win in the playoffs with defense and matchups versus the rest of the East
Possibly, but who takes on the roll of Jimmy Butler when Simmons has to go hide in the corner during the 4th quarter?? 58% from the FT line from your PG causes you to change everything you do in the playoffs. That's NOT championship basketball.
3) I think the East is significantly better than you thought it would be.
4) Who makes a shot in crunch time?? I don't think he is on the current roster??
5) This team shouldn't need the guys at NBA today motivating them into big games. They should be self motivated.
Again I hope you are able to provide vivid details of a parade as I will not attend.
Very little indicates to me that there will be a parade in June for this team. possible? yes Likely, I don't think so.