I've already given my speech on small sample sizes, so I won't belabor the point too much. But I thought it would be fun to look around the league for some early trends and things that might interest Celtics fans.
First of all, let me point out that the Raptors are a very good team doing good things so far this year (3-0) and the Spurs are the Spurs. Wins are better than losses, but losses against good teams are at least understandable.
Next, I'd like to thank the Houston Rockets for making sure that nobody in the main stream media is going to pay too much attention to the Celtics' slow start. Harden's boys have lost their first 3 games by 20 points or more. Not promising for a title contender.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Minnesota Timberwolves have started 2-0 and top pick Karl-Anthony Towns looks like a beast, averaging 21 points and 13 rebounds a game. Oh yeah, and Ricky Rubio is averaging 20 points and 11 assists. Just two games, but wow. Hey, maybe we'll get that top 12 protected pick after all! (Just kidding, that's probably not going to happen, but I guess you never know)
Speaking of draft picks, the Nets are 0-3. So that's going well.
The Nets are shooting 21 percent from 3 on 12.7 attempts per game, like we're all chilling in the mid-90s.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) November 1, 2015
Meanwhile, the Mavericks are 2-1 and I don't know how to root for this early on. Our pick from them is top 7 protected, so we want them to be bad, but not TOO bad that they keep the pick. The Mavs just gave Rick Carlisle a contract extension, so you know he's not going to "tank" in any given season. The injured guys on their team seem to be coming back sooner than expected. But this team just doesn't project to be very good and they'll struggle to compete in a tough Western Conference. So I guess we're hoping for them to try to compete, but ultimately to fall short. So perhaps a good start to the season is just the thing.
Other random notes:
The Lakers are 0-3 and Kobe isn't happy with himself.
Kobe: "I’m 200th best player in the league right now. I freaking suck."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) November 2, 2015
For those keeping track on all things Kings (just in case):
An MRI conducted this afternoon at Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento revealed that Kings center DeMarcus Cousins sustained a right Achilles strain during the second quarter of last night’s game against the L.A. Clippers at the STAPLES Center. Cousins is listed as day to day going forward.
Steph Curry is still really, really good at this basketball game.
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