Nelson and Co. recently said to come back and evaluate this team after 20 games. Well if the first 20 are anything like the first 6 then we're in for a long season. Here is a schedule for the first 20 games:
Oct 30 vs UTA L 96 - 117
Nov 2 @ LAC L 114 - 120
Nov 3 @ UTA L 110 - 133
Nov 6 vs CLE L 104 - 108
Nov 8 vs DAL L 115 - 120
Nov 14 vs DET L 111 - 104
Nov 16 vs LAC 7:30pm
Nov 18 @ TOR 10:00am
Nov 20 @ NYK 4:30pm
Nov 21 @ BOS 4:30pm
Nov 23 @ WAS 4:00pm
Nov 24 @ PHI 4:00pm
Nov 26 vs PHX 7:30pm
Nov 28 @ SAC 7:00pm
Nov 29 vs HOU 7:30pm
Dec 2 @ SEA 6:00pm
Dec 3 vs ORL 7:30pm
Dec 5 vs MIL 7:30pm
Dec 7 vs MIA 7:30pm
Dec 9 @ LAL 6:30pm
My prediction? 3-12 by the end of November with our wins coming against the Clips (at home), Philadelphia (Road), and the Kings (road). After 20 games, 4-16 with our only win coming against Seattle.
I got this from Marcus Thompson's blog:November 15, 2007
I still can't believe they lost that game. Since they are in the business of giving away games, you can't help but wonder if they are going to win a game this month. Check out their remaining games -- much tougher opponents than Detroit down two starters:
Clippers - they are a bad match-up, big, physical and they make free throws
@Raptors - they will need this game to salvage their homestand
@Knicks - also big and physical downlow
@Celtics - don't even think about it
@Wizards - bad defense is the cure for the Wiz struggling offense
@76ers - the Warriors will be 0-11 at this point and reeling
Suns - they usually play well at home against Phoenix, but do they have enough to keep up
@Kings - Sacramento is terrible, so they'll be looking forward to beating a rival
Rockets - Maybe McGrady will still be out
So, which one do they win? Maybe they get the Knicks game. Maybe. They could get Washington. But can you really bank on the Warriors winning a road game under pressure? They won 12 road games last year. They aren't exactly Road Warriors.
But then, the home foes are tough, too.
Will they go 0-for-November? That's not possible, right? I'm not too sure anymore.
Looks like he's not so optimistic either. As our current record stands, we'd have to go 42-36 just to get to .500. A .500 win % will NOT get you into the playoffs. We'd have to go more like 45-37. That's better than last year's club which was arguably better. We'd have to go 45-31 the rest of the way, 14 games over .500. To all the people saying "It's only 6 games, there's 76 games left", well history and reality shows us it is already too late.
How can this team win more games when the starters are logging 40+ minutes a game? When we have a 7 man rotation? When we have 4 Small Forwards on the court? When we allow our opponents to have career nights against us each game?
Start thinking of possible destinations for Baron now guys, it'll make for a more interesting debate on this site. When's the draft again?