My reply was more in regards to people thinking the top teams in the East are somewhat JV squads compared to the West. You can only play the games on the schedule. Boston has beaten some of the best teams in the NBA and are in a great position
The way PG has played in March he might eek into All NBA and sign this summer. Completely changes the shape of the Pacers v Jazz convo
Yes it does.
We would have to do a better job this offseason that's for sure. But if you have PG and Turner locked for the future you're in great shape. Hell, even if you want to rebuild you can get a lot for PG under a longer contract.
Nearly so. Important modifier, look out for it in things you read in the future.
We are not only far from contending, there is an extremely good chance Paul George walks if we don't trade him and there are no guarantees we get much in return. Teams that think he might come may wait to get him free. Teams that don't think he wants to come will be careful about how much they give up. We are in a really dark period and it is going to get worse.
Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:
Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.