If you like pain and want to re-live tonight's epic loss, 121-76 to the Chicago Bulls, then keep on reading. It started bad and it just kept getting worse. When it reached 30 points and you expected the typical we're-killing-this-team letdown, where the 30-point lead shrinks to 17 or 18 points before the winner cruises to the end with a solid victory, the lead rose to 40 points. And then it got up to 51 points.
Really, there's nothing else to say about the nuts-and-bolts except that this was the most embarassing loss in recent memory. And that's saying something.
But the more important question that this game creates is: what's the reality of this team? Are the previous 10 games the reality? Or is this game the reality. More clearly stated, here's exactly what I asked Andre Iguodala about 30 minutes ago: Which is the anomaly, this game or the previous 10 games? Here's what Iguodala said:
"Um, if you ask me, I think it’s the last 10 games. We’ve just been getting by. We’ve been getting some good wins at home, but I don’t think we’ve been playing good basketball. Other teams haven’t been playing too well against us and then we start winning, teams wake up. They don’t sleep on you anymore. They had a couple of days to scout us, we had a couple of days to scout them."
More from Iguodala: "I don’t think we’ve been playing that well; we’ve been playing good enough to win against teams we’ve been playing. And then we play against those top-notch teams, we kind of get exposed a little bit. And that’s what happened tonight."
You can check out the video of Doug Collins' take, which should be embedded below. Collins called the game an "aberration" and said his team had no juice. More from Collins: "I looked at our coaches and said, ‘Our guys, they’re not there tonight.’ For whatever reason we just weren’t there. I don’t know if it was a couple of nights in between games in the same city. And just guys, that time of the year where you’re out Christmas shopping and getting stuff taken care of, but they just jumped all over us."
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