Yes, the Hornet are good, but right at the moment, they are still working through some things. Just 7 days ago, the Hawks beat them on this very same court.
I see three key teams that we need to step up and play our best against this season:
I was tempted to throw Phoenix in there, but I'm mixed on them at the moment. I expect us to handle them, but I am somewhat wary of them, only because we know they can score, and the fact that Shaq is there, always keeps the drama alive.
Anyway, Utah is the 2nd best team in the West. They have a ton of pieces, and can really cause us fits. We did well to beat them as quickly as we did last year, and to close them out on the road. But, just like us, they continue to mature, and they have probably the toughest home venue we will have to deal with. We play them on my birthday (January 2nd)
Boston - no explanation needed. Can't wait 'til Christmas!
Cleveland - we always seem to find a way to lose this team. Games go down to the wire, Kobe misses a shot at the buzzer, Lebron walks off the court a winner, and we have to read about it non-stop for 2 days.
This may well be the team we face in the Finals. Clevelan has gotten better, while Boston has gotten worse.
If we allow Cleveland to continue to own us in the regular season, they will have a huge psychological edge on us going into the Finals. (We play them in Staples on MLK day).
Edited by UKUGA, November 12, 2008 - 07:15 PM.