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5 Preseason Observations

Oct 13, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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1. The disconnect isn’t necessarily obvious. If you watch preseason, on the surface, there’s not much outside of the number of minutes for starters between regular season and this. I mean, the game is fundamentally the same. But the speed and intensity differential is startling, and you’ll see the shift for small moments with the key players putting themselves in a higher gear. It essentially means that most of the time, even when you see something that is fundamentally good or bad, you have to understand that there’s just very little connection between this and what we’ll see starting October 30th.

2. So in that vein, very little should be made of the Hornets, on either side. A 3-1 record would indicate that they’re actually putting some things together, but if you watch the games or look at the box you can tell that they are severely struggling. But on the flip side, Eric Gordon hasn’t played, and Anthony Davis sat out their Friday night loss for rest.

But the concerns are mostly in that the offense looks like quite the mess. Yes, Gordon is going to help, but there are concerns about Greivis Vasquez who has been charged with running point guard, and the small forward position is still a huge question mark. The results with the big lineup featuring Roben Lopez, Anderson, and Davis have not been good. In large part, the Hornets just don’t seem to have a whole lot of talent offensively.

But again, it’s preseason.

3. Jonas Valanciunas for the Raptors had an awful opening stat line but made a jump in his second game. The off-the-box stuff though, stands out nicely. He’s a quality rotation defender and aggressive at blocking shots. He’s got both good instincts under the basket and a little bit of savvy. He’s going to have growing pains, but you don’t get a sense watching him that he’s just completely lost, like some other top-five-pick big men of the last few years did, even in preseason.

4. The Lakers bench had better be saving itself.

5. Teams who appear sharp: Miami, Denver, San Antonio, Golden State.
Teams who do not appear sharp: Washington, Charlotte, Portland, the Clippers, and OKC’s bench.

But again, as always, it’s preseason.

  1. heathater4lifeson - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Good article. But again, it’s the preseason.

    • sellahh - Oct 13, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      Good comment. But again, it’s still preseason.

      • mytthor - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:26 PM

        Does anyone know whether it’s preseason?

      • cosanostra71 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        that’s a clown question, bro.

  2. metalhead65 - Oct 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    do the games count now or is it still preseason?

  3. dls612 - Oct 13, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    its preseason but the statement about the Lakers bench, I’m agreeing! the clippers, Washington and okc will be fine!

  4. buffalo65 - Oct 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Go Raps

    • miamatt - Oct 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      What’s with the thumbs down for somebody supporting his/her team? There was no disparaging remark about another team/player.

      I’m obviously not a Raptors fan, but I appreciate the sentiment, @buffalo65. It wouldn’t shock me to see the Raptors sneak into the playoffs on the bottom end of the east.

      • hojo20 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:46 PM

        Maybe the thumbs downers don’t like Canada.

  5. joeyashwi - Oct 13, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Can skip the whole season and annoying the Heat as champions. I am definitely not a Miami fan but with players willing to take less money to play there, James will get his eight rings. Everybody else is just challenging for 2nd.

  6. hojo20 - Oct 13, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    God I can’t wait til the regular season.

  7. barackfan - Oct 13, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Bucks will shock the NBA nation.

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