Capn'O wrote: j4remi wrote:
Capn'O wrote:I've seen both arguments made. That we're all of a sudden going to start playing better opponents on the road. The better opponents part isn't true. Now, if the team doesn't figure out how to get up for road games then, yes, they'll fall back considerably. Like, they should smack Chicago tomorrow if they have any intention of keeping up with a .500 pace.
I offer that a confounding variable is KP's availability for the past few road games. And we were missing him for the first road game with Orlando too. We ain't **** without him.
Idk, I'm not willing to make health an excuse since it's been part of my argument for why we're not a .500 team all along. The "if we're healthy" caveat is a hypothetical that doesn't happen for 90% teams. We didn't just look like trash when KP went down, losing Kanter threw the rotations into chaos as well. God forbid we lose Lee before THJ returns. Also I didn't look it over so maybe it's bias, but I'm looking at the recent stretch and finding it hard to believe that our schedule after Brooklyn isn't gonna be much more hostile than say...the month or so before. Just this past stretch of 4 or 5 games is gonna skew the numbers enough that I'm feeling lucky on that speculative stance (granted, I could be wrong too lazy to look).
The question I'm asking is whether we're really that bad on the road or whether we're that bad without KP? He's missed a lot of recent road games against easier teams so the two are confounded. I can't conclude we'll be a sub .300 team on the road just yet.
This is our schedule through February by quality of opponent - Road games in Blue:Non-Playoff Teams - 13 gamesChicago
*These guys could turn it aroundLikely-Playoff Teams - 10 games
New OrleansUtahWashingtonMiamiMinnyDenverContendahs!!! - 5 games
Point being, if we're really that bad on the road, we're kinda ****. If we can figure that out, there are plenty of beatable opponents in this upcoming stretch that will then lead to a more home/road neutral finish. No teams stay healthy but I can't confidently say that we can't beat a lot of these teams with KP in the lineup. Many, we already have.
If everyone is healthy, including Timmy, then they could beat any team on any given night, road or home.
This is mostly a new team so a quarter season is still early in their playing together which is another way to say if they are going to continue to grow with one another then gelling should reasonably point to some increase in consistency and a better road record.
Without KP, this is a bottom dweller. But no Timmy may be the difference between playoffs or not.
Health factors are a concern for every team, but we don't have the depth yet to handle key injuries.
Unless Lee continues to score 20+ in Timmy's absence in which case they could beat many teams right now.