I know, I know, just a rather sloppy win at home over a team that wasn't even close to playoff caliber last season - so why am I looking at the Kings schedule ahead under a new light? Why do I suddenly see Nov. ending with a winning record?
Two words: Determination and mental and physical toughness
(ok, that was like, five words)
Lets take the rest of this month, forget next month or January because who the hell knows what will be going on by then?
Start with Friday, a weekend night game that should attract a decent crowd against a modestly talented but scrappy team (sound familier?). I have moved the Rockets game into the 'This is a team we can beat' column. If the team plays the way they just did against Okl, that is tough, scappy - and more tough but execute our offense better - we will have matched what Houston brings and I think we just probably have more points at the end of the game.
5-4 and they start printing playoff tickets! (OK - no)
Then I think there's some losses that dim the lights a bit
Chicago here [We have a shot but call it a loss] 5-5
@ Dallas [forget it, it would be miraculous] 5-6
@ Houston [hopefully Houston will be looking for revenge, not confirmation - call it a good loss] 5-7
@Memphis [I'm calling this a win, they're a mess] 6-7
Then we have three HOME games, only one of those teams is any good and they are struggling.
NJ here: [better be a win baby] 7-7
NY here: [just stop the 3 ball and its a win] 8-7
NOrl here: [ we'll see, but I call a close defense of our homecourt] 9-7
Whats wrong with me? Am I just nuts? Should I seek clinical help? Should I get that haircut I've been putting off and shave more often?