I always try not to get too high on the highs or too low on the lows but we should have some high expectations this year. I know any number of things could derail that, anyone who has been a fan for a number of years has experienced that time and again. The bottom line is we have a real shot at the title this year and it should be a better shot then last year was. We're deep enough to deal with 1 major setback and still have a shot. I don't expect a title to be a given but we should have very high expectations this year.
Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
I'm concerned for unexpected negative changes. Mainly in the form of new injuries.
But truly, the way this team is built, barring some really unexpected twists in terms of on-floor chemistry, I think if health permits it, this truly could finally be our year. I really do.
I don't think we can beat the Heat without home court advantage. We'd either have to eliminate them in 6 or win Game 7 in Miami. I just don't think we can beat them in a Game 7 at Miami. We gotta get that HCA.
With a healthy Rose, Chicago could certainly be tough to beat without homecourt too.
Getting the #1 seed is incredibly important, and not just for home court advantage against the Heat.
I'd assume that the top 3 teams will be the Bulls/Heat/Pacers. I don't really see Brooklyn as a real threat to beat either of those teams. I would think we really only want to play one of Bulls/Heat, instead of both. That's the real prize that the #1 seed gets.
Good point. I don't think we're making the Finals if we're a number 3 seed that has to go on the road against both Chicago and Miami.
Honestly, I'm not so sure that we can beat the Bulls without HCA. They're a lot tougher than the Knicks.
Avoiding one of Chicago and Miami would certainly make for an easier path to the Finals . . . but wouldn't it be glorious to get there by beating them both on the way?
Meeting the Bulls in the playoffs would be awful and not because of the possibility of elimination. I went to game 3 of the 2010 series. I never want to see that much red again.
WE ARE NOT GETTING ERIC GORDON
I've seen plenty of Lakers, Heat, Knicks, and Celtics fans at the Fieldhouse. I've been around Pats fans during the AFCCG and 4th and 2 game when the Pats jumped out to big leads. All of these fanbases were relatively civil. Nothing comes close to the scum Bulls fans that invade the Fieldhouse.
I really don't think I could handle losing a home playoff game to them.....