You know how many of us look at, say, the (full-strength) Thunder and joke about how ‘smart’ Scott Brooks’ offensive sets are? Or how ‘boring’ the Spurs are? Or, like me, fret and fluster over how my Mavericks are throwing third quarters away like they were going out of fashion?
Well maybe we should all occasionally take in a Bucks-Pacers game, like I did today, to put things into perspective. Specifically, a Bucks-Pacers game starting:
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 4, 2014
That is downright HIDEOUS. That Milwaukee starting lineup is full of ‘maybes’ and those Pacers are offensively challenged, and downright h-
*bleurgh* *wipes mouth*
-orrible. Sorry, puked a little there.
The game itself didn’t help the nausea. I’d describe it as a comedy of errors, only it wasn’t funny in the slightest. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many bad passes, aimless drives, badly bricked shots and other assorted representations of bad basketball in a single game before. I mean, one of the few players on either team you might be interested in watching is probably Brandon Knight right? Well, he went and did this:
This was… an exercise in masochism.
Now of course I understand that this is a young Bucks team that’s still learning how to play, and that this is a Pacers team struggling badly with injuries and the departure of Lance Stephenson, but that doesn’t make it any less of a surreal and nightmarish experience.
I had League Pass set to the Pacers announcers, and it was quite eerie and unsettling listening to them talk about the return of Rodney Stuckey from injury as if it was some huge difference maker and a totally regular occurrence for them. I mean, this is coming from a team which had legitimate championship aspirations just last season!
We’re talking about Rodney Stuckey, who’s probably maxed out as a 7th or 8th man on a decent team. That’s who the Pacers were looking forward to having back. That’s some 18-carat Twilight Zone stuff man.
Anyway, not only was it sad, it was also a stark reminder of how small the windows for success are in the NBA. The Thunder, with their extremely unfortunate injury issues lately, are getting a front seat view of the window-closing experience. The Bulls had the window slammed shut in their faces the last two years. The Heat, who were supposed to win ‘not one, not two, not three…’, ended up losing the very player who said those words (albeit after getting two championships in the process) and became championship afterthoughts overnight.
So, while Cleveland fans may have legitimate gripes over LeBron’s mediocre first game back in Cleveland and Spurs fans may squirm in their seats at Kawhi not agreeing to a contract extension, it would probably help to remember that, in the grand scheme of (basketball) things, your lives aren’t as bad as Bucks or, especially, Pacers fans.
Enjoy the new season guys, and try not to sweat the small stuff. Remember, it could always be worse.