It's amazing to think of our once 8-18 record as the good old days. Some of us still dreamed that a herculean finish to the season could allow us to sneak into the playoffs. Now, we keep hearing players and coaches talking about "Trying to Salvage the Season".
Dunleavy was on AM710 last night doing a pretty good job of explaining why we're in the spot that we're in, citing injuries, and that BD isn't as worthless as he seems (8 assists per game), he's just off to a poor shooting start. Apparently, his objective is to get all the players back healthy and show the fan base what the team is capable of heading in to next year, which isn't much of a surprise. Whether he'll be able to effectively lead a disorganized, talent-laden team is another question for the beleaguered head coach & gm.
The current losing streak has seen us play competitively against the better teams in the league, but then so have other bottom feeders like OKC & Minnesota. With any given team seemingly capable of victory on any given night in the NBA, the ability to close out games may be the biggest difference between the winners and losers, and one area we've proven to be especially deficient. All weaknesses seem to arise when the game is on the line: Lack of team chemistry, judgement, focus, leadership, execution, determination.
As we start to see our team get healthy again, hopefully we'll get to evaluate fair and square what this team will be capable of heading into next year.