Optimism Thread 2017/2018

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  1. PGinLA

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    Just trying to keep expectations in check. I know this is Optimism Thread but having realistic benchmark moving forward makes watching the remaining games fun regardless of the result. Beating most of these teams are of course doable but expecting them to actually do it is a bit unfair to the kids.

    So if they do 5-13, I'd still remain optimistic. Anything better than that makes me even more pumped up for the next season. Either way, like you've mentioned, with 2 max FA slots and with PG almost fixed to come, we're just gonna get better. We will be so much better next season.

    One thing though. Can we at least experience a full week or two with a complete and healthy lineup playing efficient basketball? It would feel so good spoiling runs for every playoff seeking team left and right.

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    I think we can win those games. That's 8-10 which gives us a 37-45 record. That's a significant increase.

    I'd love to finish with 40 wins, but I won't expect that; especially with all the injuries we've been hit with.
     
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    You can add TWolves, Bucks & Pelicans. TWolves probably at that time would be out of the playoffs so risking Butler would not make sense, Pelicans with a not so healthy Davis, and Bucks, well, they've been imploding lately and I expect that trend to continue. That's 11-7.

    Damn it, I said keeping expectations in check.

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    It all depends on whether Ingram will be healthy for last 18 games. He really stabilizes the squad on the floor and tempers others from playing hero ball. I say 8-10 tops as well. We will be playing teams that are jockeying for playoff positions except Dallas and Sacramento if I'm correct.
     
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    At least playing teams playing hard like they would play hard in the playoffs because they're trying to get into the playoffs vs our guys having the taste of some winning now and wanting more should make for some good playoff lite type experience.
     
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    Hard to believe but we're only 5.5 games out of 8th place and a playoff spot. If we can get BI back soon we might even have a shot.
     
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    We're going 18-0 making the playoffs and Knocking out okc from making the playoffs. #pipebutnothingisimpossible

    Then Paul George signs with playoff team in the Lakers ;) :Signcontract::Kobejerseypull:
     
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    After all that crap we endured...Walton's odd coaching rotations, the injuries and the trade. I'm surprised that we weren't COMPLETELY out of the postseason running by December as some have thought given our brutal schedule at the time.

    Of course, not that it is a possibility now as remote as it looks. If anything, I want us to finish strong and screw other teams' plans.
     
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    Well we beat Houston this year already and they’re on a 17 game winning streak. So 18-0 doesn’t seem out of the question for us.

    Squeak into the playoffs, knock out OKC and the Clips, and at that point with the momentum and Houston’s history of choking, we’re at least making the second round.
     
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    Wrong thread for this, and I’m sorry, but we have Denver twice, Cleveland, and the Warriors as our next 4 games. That’s gonna hurt, and if Ingram is out, I don’t like our chances at all. But in the spirit of the thread, I do think we will be in and have a chance to win all of those games.
     
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    Finishing 14-4 gives us a puncher’s chance to sneak in if the teams ahead of us falter a little. Damn near impossible, but this is how I’ll rationalize it to make things a little more interesting.
     
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    Our pick owed has fallen to 12th, i hope by seasons end its 13th-14th ish n phi can pick another bust lol
     
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    Anthony Davis injury update: MRI shows sprained ankle.

    Without him they are complete trash
     
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    TWolves, Pelicans and Spurs. All in danger of falling out of the playoffs. And Nuggets aren't that solid, only at home.

    A little window everyone.

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    We play Denver twice within the week, big games imo.
     
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    It'll be interesting to see the kids having to respond to the pressure when the possibility of making the playoffs has actually become imminent. Like when we're 2-3 games out of the playoffs and there's 10 games left. Because right now, pretty obvious the purpose is just to win as many games as possible but when the goal become so specific such as to actually aim for that 8th spot, things will be a lot different.

    Exciting times.

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    Would be more exciting if we were actually 100% healthy.
     

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