Emotionally, I like to believe our small team lineup on any given night can beat anybody by shooting 50%, playing great "D" and causing turnovers because we'll probably lose the rebound battle. I hate the Lakers and feel good they will still be a banner behind us after this year. But, unfortunately, it won't be 2. The only thing consistent about our team is its inconsistency. I recall when Green scored 31 pts and both PP & KG were out but other than that game his performance has been so so. Last night we'd still lost to the Bobcats with PP in the game but maybe by only 10-15 pts. As an objective basketball fan, the Lakers had Kobe score 40pts in 2 consecutive games while Howard was playing average. But last night DW scored 39 pts and got 14 rebs(1/2 of the 28 our team got vs 45 for Charlotte). This is not new news---we've been last or next to last in rebounding since Perkins left.
We will survive the 1st round perhaps only if we play the Knicks or Brooklyn. The Lakers, however, have OKC, the Clippers, the Spurs & Denver with which to contend. I think any of those teams could beat the East except for the Heat & maybe Indy. And I think LA could beat these Eastern teams too. KG has been horrible last 2 games & we need him desperately to advance & PP to score 20-25+. But, I'd dealt Rondo for Cousins and Evans if we could have. And, I would be happy even pursuing getting DH when season ends. OK...my $.02 cents !!!