The large majority of their games this year have been against playoff teams with a bunch on the road. Who have they played that are truly bad teams? Phoenix, Orlando, NY, and Chicago? That's like it. The other 13 games have been against good to great teams. Over the next 9-10 games they play one playoff team, NOP at New Orleans. Other than that they play the poor sisters of the league. My guess is they will not be close to a .500 team 10 games from now.
You're assuming the rest of the year they play at this level. That's naive. There is no reason to believe that this team won't cruise through easy parts of the schedule and rack up tons of wins. They have had a very difficult schedule this far, one of the hardest in the league.
All five starters have shown to be very good(+38%) from three in their career. Analytics show guys who can shoot that good are better off shooting those wide open threes than forcing other shots. It's the new NBA. Golden State and Houston have thrived with similar systems. When everyone gets used to their roles and feel confident and comfortable in their roles, those threes are gonna drop and this team will take off.
You live by the three you die by the three. There are going to be a ton of blowouts this year because the C's drain 20+ threes in a game. But there will be games like tonight where it doesn't matter how open those shots are and they just won't go down.
This is called a failure by the coaching staff for implementing a philosophy that is that volatile.
It's still early in the season, so hopefully they'll adjust, but as it looks right now it seems Brad and the coaching staff are content with us playing this type of ball with us just chucking up three after three, regardless of the results leading to games like this, which is inexcusable for a team with championship aspirations.
Have patience. It not about how you play in October and November. It's how you play in April, May and June that counts.
Agree, but that is also very naive because they will be playing on someone else's court in the playoffs, and they will likely lose because of that.
Dude they are 9-7. That is a .500 team through 1/5 of the season, and they are FAR from dominant in any wins. No way this team is #1 in the East as currently constructed, I would be everything on that.
Let's say they do, in fact, start beating up on the lesser teams, as they did Chicago the other night; that'll help their record, but my concern is that it doesn't mean they'll finally start playing consistently well against good and great teams. And how far down in the standings will they be by the time they figure things out?
If they get to the playoffs and win 60+% of each of their playoff series games each series, they are World Champs. It's not like this team has been awful versus good to great teams. They beat Toronto, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, OKC, and Detroit twice. Some of their losses have come to Toronto, Utah, Indiana, Denver and Portland all on the road and Utah at home.
They have had exactly one bad loss all season. One. They have proven they can beat good to great teams, especially at home, during a grueling part of their schedule where the best part of their schedule was three straight home games.......IN 4 DAYS!!!! And have been doing this while trying to integrate two stars into the lineup after injury plagued seasons last year while asking three young players like Brown, Tatum and Rozier to play much more limited roles than they exceeded at last year in much bigger roles.
I actually think it's a miracle they aren't 5-11 right now, especially given how poorly Steven's has handled this team this year.