The Delusion of Competence
That was exhausting… 14 games! Now we can say the season has begun… And the one telling sign of an early season – The Delusion of Competence – The Bad teams don’t know they’re bad yet… or at least don’t know how bad.
This was on full display across the league with many inferior teams sticking around in and even winning games they had no business to even be in. The most glaring example – Philly beating Miami. I know Dwayne Wade as sitting this out, but the team most people predicted to be the worst in the league, led by a rookie point-guard staking his claim as a very early front-runner in the ROY race, took it to the two time defending Champs. NO ONE SAW THIS COMING. Hell, Evan Turner actually looked like a No.2 pick for once. Maybe it was the Iverson Retirement that galvanized them. Or maybe they just didn’t get the memo from management that they were supposed to tank this season. But I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about for either side. Miami is still the team to beat, and the only teams that Philly will really compete against will be bottom feeders like the Bobcats. But for one night, the hope and naivete of a new season carried them to possibly their most memorable game of the season.
Meanwhile a similar script played across the league as well.
The Magic nearly upset the Wolves, if not for Kevin Love putting up his usual brand of videogame numbers (31 & 17!) and hitting a clutch, clutch 3 to tie it in the final seconds and force OT.
The Bucks came back from a 20 point deficit to put a scare in the Knicks who somehow avoided a collapse in what hopefully was the sloppiest game we’ll see this season – pretty unbearable stuff.
The Jazz forced Durant into ‘Me against the World’ mode, and the Thunder needed all 42 of his points to survive.
And of course the Cavs. Kyrie had an off game but it was still enough to beat the newly crowned ‘contenders’ the Brooklyn Celtics (a.k.a. the Moscow Nets).
But it’s just one game. It means nothing. You never know when reality will hit… And when it does, it’s brutal. Just ask the Lakers.