The Optimistic Thread! (TRD's FREEDOM THREAD!)

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Postby Battle Tested20 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:20 pm

DanielBeltz24 wrote:This team will play inspired ball until Dwight returns and he can hold us down until Pau returns. The all star break gives us about a week of "free time" for Pau to recover.

free week or not, Pau is going to be out a lot longer so that all-star break won't really help Pau.
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Postby therealdeal on Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:17 am

My optimism for the day:

7. Utah 28-22 11 games back
8. Houston 27-24 12.5 games back
9. Portland 25-24 13.5 games back
10. Lakers 23-26 15.5 games back

We're only 2 games back from Portland and 3 games back from Houston. We need to win tonight and keep making up ground, but we're not out of the race yet.
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Postby Chillbongo on Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:46 am

Hopefully Houston has no more 23 3PT games.

Don't know how we're going to handle this Pau thing. If Dwight can come back, like tonight. And stay healthy I'm optimistic.
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Postby dj vitus on Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:12 pm

Let's keep up this 3-1 thing! :jam2:
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:59 pm

See me tomorrow for Optimism... Tonight, a loss to THOSE guys hurts my soul.
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Postby V.V.V.V.V. on Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:54 pm

There's always next year!!
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Postby scissors on Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:22 pm

We are still on a decent pace to make the playoffs.
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Postby Scnottaken on Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:03 am

Really, I feel the team could not have played worse, and at their worst. . . I might be able to deal with this once every 4-5 games. This low isn't quite as low as the lows earlier in the season, and this one is at least a bit understandable.
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:13 am

OK I am back..........

Charles Barkley said we have ZERO chance of making the playoffs... Yes I am now more optimistic than ever.
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Postby lakersyunowin on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:23 pm

i'm still a bit shell-shocked by tonight's game. hopefully the win will be cathartic and they will put that mess in boston and all that drama behind them. whatever issues that might remain, they might just have to treat each game as business. leave the personal stuff at home. a win in miami would do wonders for this team's spirit and playoff chances.
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Postby therealdeal on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:29 pm

We're now 7-2 in our last 9 right? I think we went 6-2...

If that's true, that's the only way we're going to make it back to the playoff race.
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Postby Scnottaken on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:32 pm

puffyusaf#2 wrote:OK I am back..........

Charles Barkley said we have ZERO chance of making the playoffs... Yes I am now more optimistic than ever.

We all know there's a Charles Barkley Kiss of Death®, but he appears to have the opposite effect on the teams/players he belittles as well (Kobe will never score 30 a game consistently anymore).
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Postby Jellincon on Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:33 pm

Beaten CHA 2 straight times when having a 18+ deficit against them. Monkey officially off back against this team.
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Postby LOSLAKERS on Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:58 pm

First 8th seed to win an NBA championship? That would be cool as hell
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Postby puffyusaf#2 on Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:47 pm

I won't see the game tomorrow until I get home from duty. I am calling the Lakers win by 11. Optimism inserted :jam2:
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Postby GoldenChocobo on Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:07 am

We'll only lose by 30 tomorrow instead of 40!
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Postby snackdaddy on Sun Feb 10, 2013 12:10 pm

I looked at the remaining schedule. If this team continues to play like they have been lately, I count enough wins to get to 43. But that is provided we take care of business against certain teams. This year, I thought there were numerous games I counted as wins going in where they lost.

I only saw one game where I thought it was a sure loss and we won. That was OKC at home. So it stands to reason the games I counted as sure losses will likely end up a loss, but some of the games I counted as wins could end up a loss. Basically the way I see it, best case scenario is 43-39. Would that be enough to get to the playoffs?

One thing that would be encouraging is this road trip. Aside from the bad 4th quarter in Phoenix, they're taking care of business against the lesser teams. That wasn't the case a month ago. The only scenario I could see us getting in is if we continue that against the lesser teams.

I doubt we'll beat the Clippers, OKC or Spurs in any of the games this year, home or away. Miami today is likely a loss. The road game in Denver is most likely a loss.

If we can take some of what I consider toss up games, we can make a move. Those would be home games against Boston, Chicago and Memphis. We couldn't beat them on the road, but there is a 50/50 chance at home, IMO.

Other toss ups are road games with the Warriors, Blazers and Jazz. The Warriors have a better record, but I believe we match up OK with them. Blazers are all over the map. Sometimes good, sometimes horrible. There's nothing about the Jazz that makes them too tough to handle.

So basically, take care of business against the middle of the road and lesser teams and win some of the toss ups and we're in. Maybe even with 45 or more wins. But that is a tall order. We haven't done that with any consistency this season. And the injuries are a real problem.
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Postby dj vitus on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:00 pm

4-3 road trip. Exactly what I realistically hoped for. :jam2: Great achievement all things considered. Seriously. Now take care of this home stretch and we'll overtake Portland soon. :jam2: :jam2:
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Postby Juronimo on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:03 pm

I agree, 4-3 is much better than I could have hoped. We have a ton of work to do to make the playoffs so the guys gotta get they grind on and make it happen.
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Postby therealdeal on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:07 pm

We played a pretty average game here. We could have done a LOT better...

But considering they're either the best team in the league or among the best... We hung in there on their turf.

Another month or so of calibrating and I think we'll look good.
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Postby gcclaker on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:08 pm

As I thought 4-3...should have been 5-2. Lost to a Top Five team today, folded up at one and did not show up at that other game.
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Postby Finwë on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:10 pm

Can we afford "another month or so of calibrating" though? I know we don't really have many other alternatives, but considering that it might be to late I don't see how that is an optimistic thought
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Postby Juronimo on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:12 pm

gcclaker wrote:As I thought 4-3...should have been 5-2. Lost to a Top Five team today, folded up at one and did not show up at that other game.



That's what makes that Phoenix loss hurt so much. The cHeat is just better right now and that other team is inexplicably playing great basketball. Losing that game against Phx really hurts but I'm not mad at 4-3. I thought we'd go 2-5.
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Postby therealdeal on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:12 pm

Finwë wrote:Can we afford "another month or so of calibrating" though? I know we don't really have many other alternatives, but considering that it might be to late I don't see how that is an optimistic thought

If they continue winning games at this rate they should make the playoffs, so yes I do think they can afford another month of development.

Besides, the alternative is failure. What's not to be optimistic about?
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Postby lakersyunowin on Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:13 pm

grammy trip ended with a winning record at 4-3. really should have been 5-2. oh well.
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