A 3-0 start was something I wasn’t expecting but it doesn’t get any easier for the team as the next three games are just as tough as the last three.
Many have jumped back on the Hornets bandwagon, proclaiming them the new “Darkhorse of the NBA.” I have to disagree, it’s nice to have a 3-0 record, I mean who am I kidding it’s great! But the thing we need to remember that basketball games are as unpredicatble as they are entertaining. One moment in the game you’ll be tearing your hair out (if you haven’t already lost it) at the play of your team, the next you’ll be telling your friends “That’s how you play NBA ball!”
For some it feels like the 2007 season but I can stop you right there on that train of thought. We still have a tough opening schedule and to get out .500 would be a feat in itself. So let’s look at the next 3 games briefly and our chances in each of them.
November 3rd @ Houston Rockets
While the Rockets are 0-3 they could easily be 3-0. They could’ve beaten the Lakers (they looked good in that game until the 4th), they should’ve beaten the Warriors and they really should have put the Nuggets away in the 4th. The Rockets have had a tough time puting teams away, but that’s not to say they aren’t dangerous. They have a slew of shooters, some post players and are a decent rebounding team. It’s nice that Ariza will be back in Houston seeking revenge (I had the sense he felt betrayed by the Rockets), but we have to remain focused because these Rockets are good.
November 5th vs. Miami Heat
Watching the Heat’s opener had me laughing somewhat. All this hype by ESPN, the fact they were on their knee’s to Pat Reily and also the way in which they played felt quite anti-climatic. On Friday I’ll probably be chewing my tongue. The Heat scare me, they heard of my mockery and they are out to seek vengence on my team. Just don’t hurt Chris Paul guys.
November 6th @ Milwaukee Bucks
Both the Hornets and Bucks have this as a back-to-back game. The Hornets had the Heat (ugh) while the Bucks had the Pacers. After listening to the Bucks commentators complain about the no-call on Trevor Ariza I really would love it if we put them down and out of the game by the 3rd quarter. But this Bucks team is good and I expect them to make a number of adjustments (particuarly in the pick and roll game).
Looking at the games it’s hard not to hope for a 1-2 record. Between the Houston and Milwaukee games they are really a coin flip because we’re going to drop one (if not both).
A 1-2 record in these three games would leave us at 4-2. That’s pretty good if you ask me, for the meanwhile. David West made a great point we can’t get stuck up on record’s to much. He’s essentially right, because the NBA regular season is basically a giant seeding process for the playoffs. While Tennis does their’s via a giant ping-pong lottery, the NBA drags their players (and fans) through a long 82 game season.
So let’s remain optimistic about our team, but remember that there are still 79 games to be played.