And we can also assume that Kobe Bryant would attack the basket more often than not and have more than 21 points.
Or that we won't miss the amount of free throws that we did.
My point was that all other things being equal, which they effectively were, we had a couple of guys that performed better than usual which made the game close. If everyone plays "average", on a give night, we lose to the Clipps by 20.
Our FT% after 3 games is 78%, we were a little under that (71%) last night. So maybe we make one more.
Kobe is averaging 40% from the field. Last night he shot ... 40%. He was a couple points off his average PPG. Hill was way over, others were too. Granted, its a small sample size, but not inconsistent with what we know they can do anyway.
So, even on a statistically "good" night for several guys, we are at best competitive with the league's best.