3 Complete Overreactions To the NBA Season Thus Far
At 5-0 and 5-1 respectively, the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs have more or less clinched de facto playoff spots in their conferences.
The other 28 teams, however, appear to be stuck in complete overreaction mode.
The NBA season, with its 82 games, isn't like the NFL. One loss in November, no matter how publicized, is not going make or break your season. However, some fans and pundits are already up in arms, even though most team have played only enough games to count on one hand. Here are three such overreaction, and how everyone needs to calm down...
The Warriors SuperTeam Has Failed
Last season, Golden State didn't lose their second game until December 30, a day before New Year's Eve. This time, they didn't even make to Election Day, not just losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, but getting thoroughly destroyed, 117-97. This comes after they lost their first game of the year, a 29 point beating at the hands of a team that's actually good, the Spurs.
Look, winning 73 games again was going to be monumental for any team. Heck, Golden State's own quest for 73 last year took a lot out of them, evidenced by their at-times lethargic postseason performance last season. But the so-called "SuperTeam" doesn't always look so super in the beginning. For example, the first 17 games of the James/Wade/Bosh Heat era was 9-8 through 17 games. This isn't the NFL...the Warriors showed what they were capable of in games like Thursday, laying down a beating on Kevin Durant's old co-horts of Oklahoma City. This team is not winning 73 again. But it's certainly not worth getting worked up over a 4-2 start.
The Thunder Are Just Fine Without KD
Making the Warriors' nationally televised win over OKC even more amazing was the fact the Thunder got off to a 4-0 start and threw all kinds of shade over Durant, with Russell Westbrook dressing like a photographer (Durant apparently loves photography) and Enes Kanter getting into a yelling match with the former Seattle SuperSonic on the bench. But the Thunder, who got their wins primarily against subpar competition, were sent back to reality by the Warriors and now find themselves desperate to prove they'll be all right. Starting tonight, OKC has a seven game stretch over 11 days that will certainly test how "all right" they are, games that include matchups with the Timberwolves, Raptors, Clippers, Pistons and Rockets. I don't doubt the Thunder will make an appearance, if only a cameo, in the playoffs this year. I just don't see them in their current second place spot all year long.
The Jazz Aren't This Year's Breakout Team
It seems like we've heard that the Utah Jazz are "this year's breakout team" for several years now, yet they haven't made the playoffs since 2012. The problem with Utah is that, while several young players have risen to the occasion for them, the fact remains they're trapped in a conference that includes a superteam, a team that has been super but will never give themselves that label and a bunch of wanna-be superteams that could finish anywhere between 3rd and 10th in the conference, the Jazz being in the latter category. For all the consternation so far about the Jazz not performing to standards, they have scored themselves a solid win over the Spurs, though their other two thus far have come to the Lakers and (winless) Mavericks. Don't panic about the Jazz just yet. Now if they let up 60 more to another retiring senior citizen again...panic away.
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