|Posted by Morena on November 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM|
My excitement is at a crazy level right now.
While I’m usually pretty good at taking loss, when I win I usually go nuts. Especially when you don’t expect to win every night. And this doesn’t mean that I’m not competitive, I’m just being realistic here. I like our team this years, I like the players, and I like what we have the chance to create. But we’re not the best team and I know we will have some struggle throughout the season. Every game will probably be a hard one, and there won’t be a game where I’ll think it will be an easy one. This will make every win pretty special.
Hours away from our victory against the Miami Heat, my excitement is not due just from this last game, but from the team. I know too well that this last win doesn’t mean we’re stronger that the Miami Heat, but right now I’m on cloud nine. That said, I know all too well that there will be some hard know going forward.
This picture here, I think represent very well what will be our learning process.
At least, that’s what came to my mind thinking about what our season might turn out in 2013. Yeah, I’m a little obsessed by geometry I think.
Anyway, the fact that we were able to put everything together doesn’t mean that it will be this way forever from now on. Everything is hard in professional sport. Losing is not easy at all. If you’re mentally not strong enough you really risk to get caught in a whirlwind of negative emotions that is hard to overcome.
At the same time, you don’t just begin to win. You have to learn how to do it. And that’s not an easy task. Even harder is to keep winning. Sometimes, you are in a position where everybody expect you to win, while other times they just don’t expect you to win. Both ways, at every win, the pressure just keeps building and you have to be prepared to sustain it. And that’s why the graphic above looks like it does.
Point 0, which is not written in the graphic, is where we were during the summer.
We hired a new coach and acquired a lot of new players. Some veterans from the trade with the Nets, and a lot of young players. Sully was coming back from back surgery, and our best player and leader was rehabbing from a knee injury. A lot of uncertainty. A lot of fans wanted us to tank, while many others thought that we could go through some sort of rebuilding process without a disastrous year.
Next step is point 1, which I believe is where we are right now.
During the first games of the season, we showed that we had the chance to do something good. We fought but we lost in the end. One game we blew a big lead, the other we almost finished a great comeback. The team was there, but the results not yet. Still, there were positive signs that we could have done something good when we would have put everything together. And now it look like we have. We have a 3-game winning streak and the guys seem really poised to keep it alive. The excitement is growing right now, and let me say, rightfully so.
That’s point 2 on the graphic. During a winning streak, the excitement just keeps growing. Some night you can win games just based on the excitement that you can feel in your locker room. The opposite team can sense it, and everybody can see the swag that you carry when you step on the field. Then, just when you are at the top, something happens and you lose a game. Maybe the pressure was just too much, maybe the refs blow a call and you lost a close game, maybe it’s just one of those nights when the ball seems just too big for that little ring. At that point, it’s like something magic breaks. The wings of enthusiasm are just not enough to carry you anymore. That can mean a losing streak coming up. You burn so many energy, physically and mentally building a winning streak that more often than not, you pay for it once the streak is over.
Sometime, you slide down until point 3. A losing streak is hard to bear. The media keeps hitting on you and sometimes the fans don’t understand how hard it can be. And that’s when you learn a lot of lessons. You learn that nothing is easy, you learn that you have to be consistent, you learn that you need your team and you lean that you have to fight for your accomplishments, because nobody won’t do that for you.
And that’s when you take off for part number 4. And when you get there, you are such a stronger player and a stronger team compared to the one that started the season that you will have trouble thinking you are looking at the same team.
I still think this will be an up and down season. We will have the chance to see this guys fight and grow throughout the year, and I’m sure it will be wonderful and exciting.