They Are Who We Thought They Were

Mama said there'd be days like this.

Two games.  Just two games.  We can't know everything from just two games but we can get some highlights and hints of things to come.  Besides, we know this team.  We've seen this movie before.  

Longtime readers of the site know that I prefer to reserve judgment before 15 to 20 games into the season.  But after watching essentially the same core group of players for the last 3 years, do we really need that anymore?

I was excited and pumped with the first win of the year.  I was frustrated and exasperated for the first loss of the year.  But never surprised.  Not even a little.

It was like a preview of coming attractions.  We just saw the highs and lows and we're going to see a lot of in-between as well.

This team can and will beat teams like the Heat, Lakers, Magic, and Spurs.  This team can and will lose to teams like the Cavs, Wizards, Raptors, and Timberwolves - well, maybe not the Wolves.

I blame the Cavaliers loss on a number of factors.  It was an emotional let-down game for us and an emotional high game for the Cavs.  That means a whole lot in the game of basketball.  Toss in a little Ewing Theory and the second half of a back-to-back game (beware, we're not going to fare well in those) and you have a recipe for a trap game.

In the same way you can preface the Heat game a bit.  The Celtics were the team that had been largely together for the last 3 years and were fired up and motivated to take down the team that was getting all the hype.  The Heat were still getting used to each other (Wade in particular missed the whole preseason) and haven't figured everything (anything?) out yet.  Yet they still were good enough to be within 3 in the final seconds. 

So I'm not getting too upset over the 2nd game of the season (though I'm allowed myself to fully enjoy the first game).  We've got 80 more of these things before things get really interesting but we'll have a lot of fun along the way.

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