Well Puffy..... we can debate player vs player or coach or system or whatever..... what we can't debate is results. They are 8 full games in front of us and have the decided edge head to head. That's the only metric that counts isn't it?
Missing free throws is what we need to get used to as a fan base if Howard is staying. He isn't getting any better than maybe 55% or so.... that means we start games 5 to 7 points in the hole from the tip off......
That's the crazy thing about this season isn't it? We swap Bynum for Howard and Fisher/Sessions for Nash and drop 20 games in the standings..... The only ones still living the dream are the fans at this point.
The team is what it is..... that is not really that good. Injuries have hurt but I'm not sure we can point to them because even when we weren't that injured we weren't that good.
We're too "shallow" and we have too many "Alphas" who aren't that good off the ball. We have no "balance" on the floor and are running a system that has never won a championship. We have a GM that has given glowing votes of confidence in both Howard and the system/coach..... That's what it is.....
I can see your point if that is the metric you chose. I remember before the Lebron effect all the talk was how the weak the Eastern conference was so much so that the 10th seed in the West was top 3 in the East. I use that to say records doesn't always mean "better." I won't say anyone is wrong for saying that they have a better record and they won the season series against us thus they are better. I for one just don't believe it. Call me a fan or fanboy (not saying you did) but thats what I saw.
As far as freethrows you are right we have to get use to it. His mechanics look much better but that doesn't mean he will get up to 60%. It is what it is. However, we have also shown that we can overcome that when we have energy on both ends of the court. Haven't we had that over the last several games?
What I don't get is how easily we dismiss the "injuries" as a main issue. Our main players have played app 20 games together this season. We have had 2 coaches, 3 systems and a ton of injuries. I know it seems shallow or "excuse" like to point to that but I think it has been a major issue. We have seen what happens when they have all gotten together. I look at that as the positive. Will it mean playoffs? I don't know. Does it mean Championship if we make it the playoffs? Long shot of course. In the end, we have seen that now that Dwight is showing energy and effort we look like a playoff team that can compete. That has a lot to do with health of our center in my opinion.
I agree we could use a little more balance but that is not stopping us from competeing. Our entire issue has been around effort and energy. Kobe started playing from the post and the guys started doing what Mike's offense said in moving without the ball. We move and we have improved. Do we need some changes? More than likely. Is the season over? I don't think so but that is just me.