The NBA likes to remind us how little we know. For all the hand-wringing about how the seasons don’t matter when everyone expects the Warriors to win it all anyway, it’s still a hell of a ride to follow a team through a full season. But even as the season begins to wind down and we think we have a pretty good grasp on who teams are, they still throw us surprises.
Take yesterday’s game as a microcosm of the Sacramento Kings season. The Kings were on a SEGABABA, without Marvin Bagley III and without Harry Giles, going into San Antonio to face the red-hot San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs have been on an absolute tear in the past few weeks (right about the time we all looked at the schedule and expected them to collapse). So naturally the Kings and Spurs went against everyone’s expectations yet again, with the Kings winning simply to spit in the face of our assumptions.
From the start of the year to now, this has been a season full of incorrect predictions. Most of us (save for a few geniuses who KNEW we would be good despite 12 years in a row suggesting otherwise) thought the Kings would be one of the worst teams in the league this year. Nope. We thought they’d still be playing a slower pace under Dave Joerger. Nope. We thought the Kings would slow down and revert to form as the season went on. Nope. We then started buying in and thought the Kings would make a run for the playoffs after the All Star Break. Nope again! We thought the Clippers would tank and open the door for the playoffs. Nope!
As the cliche goes, that’s why they play the games. We can spend hours arguing with each other about what moves should be made and which trades or free agents the Kings should pursue, but ultimately we’re all just guessing.
After 12 years of rather predictable failures, I’ve rather enjoyed this season full of the unexpected.