Based on our remaining opponents win % we have a marginally difficult road a head. Some really tough teams, some average teams, and a few bad teams sprinkled in.
Here's the big concern. We now have one of the fastest backcourts in the league. From the top to the bottom of our rotation we have speed and guys who like to push the ball....in the back court. In the back court we have Cheetahs. In our starting front court??? We have a giraffe and a water buffalo. I mean, I love Roy and West, but they aren't exactly up-tempo guys. We can balance playing half-court, slow down (probably not smash mouth now really) with our starters and then go to a fast paced tempo when Roy and West are on the bench. This could work. We could keep opponents off balance. Here's my real concern though...
There are 35 days remaining in the season. We have 4 big men on our roster. We have 22 games left to play. On about 63% of the remaining days left in the season we are playing a game. That's a lot pressure on a 250lbs. 31 year old PF coming off ACL surgery and a 7'2", asthmatic plodder with waivering confidence and ability. And those two guys who need to be our granite foundation in the paint are already crumbling like shale. Behind them, we have a couple of frustratingly inconsistent hustle guys (who have really stepped up a bit over the past few weeks) that aren't reliable scorers, neither of which are really centers and neither of which are a lock to stay out of foul trouble.
I'm still sticking by my .600 record for 2012 that I predicted early in the season. However, I wouldn't be surprised if we fell to just over .500 by seasons end (or worse) and had very little left going into the playoffs. With NYK out from under the horrible coaching of D'Antoni, Boston steadying their veteran game, Atlanta somehow holding on, and Milwaukee with a dangerous scoring duo and solid supporting cast....it's kind of scary being a middle of the pack team with little front court depth in the suddenly solid Eastern Conference. I know I'm going to get fan-hate from this, but I think I'd be more surprised if we made it the 2nd round this year than I would be if we end up an 8th seed and lose in 5 to Chicago again.