“It’s bigger than what y’all see,” said Kevin Garnett late after
Saturday’s win in New Jersey. “It’s bigger than the previous (game). We
thought we should have beat Phoenix, but at the end of the day they
made shots and we missed a ton of layups, blah, blah, blah.
“But every day we play we’re preparing to be better in the playoffs.
We’re preparing to be a better team. We’re preparing for execution and
things that we know that some day we’re going to cross a bridge and
have to be able to put it all together. And that’s the goal. The goal
is to try to get as perfect as possible. I know that’s probably a
little farfetched, but that’s how we think.”
You guys know the line: It ain't how you start, it's how you finish. We're so far away from the end of the season, you can take the dash out of our record and push the numbers together Price is Right style and maybe still not get our win total for the year.
Although… the Bobcats, Bulls and Philly games were impressive. Just goes to show how it can all look when things are clicking.
Lessons I think I've learned after 8 games:
- Age will play a factor in those long stretches that include a lot of games. But since those don't exist in the playoffs, it doesn't matter.
- The Celtics are their own worst enemy. If they are playing their best, it's going to be damn near impossible to beat them.
I think those are true… but it's still early. Remember: October-December really doesn't mean much. Once we start getting into 2010, then we're REALLY going to start figuring out what teams are really about.
After the jump, Page 2, where that's REALLY the scores of the OKC-Orlando game.
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not a good basketball team right now. I've been saying that, but
nobody's listening," Van Gundy said. "We're totally predicated on
shooting. We do not have any kind of defensive mindset, we don't have
much toughness and we're not very smart. So, right now we're not a very
ESPN Game Recap
Orlando didn't have Vince Carter or Rashard Lewis. VC has a sprained ankle… which, of course, is keeping him out longer than expected. He's listed as day-to-day… but that usually means a week off for VC.
The rest of the links (all 3 of them):