This Week In The Southeast, the Wizards just keep on winning, and here comes Bradley Beal. The Miami Heat had another up and down week, while their cross town rival, the Orlando Magic, look like they might be the true dark horse threat to cause problems in the Southeast. Meanwhile, the Hornets continue to struggle out of the gate, are they bad, or is it adjusting to a new roster.
Wizards fan have to be happy with the way they’re rocketing out of the gate this year. Washington is beating up on teams they’re supposed to beat, and that’s a good thing. The problem? They’ve yet to beat a single playoff team, with this week’s loss coming to the Mavericks. Beating up on bad teams is all fine and dandy, but the Wizards have had the easiest early schedule in the entire division.
The Heat were very up and down this week. They had a good win against Brooklyn, and a surprisingly tough Orlando Magic team, but they had a bad loss at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. While the Bucks aren’t an easy win anymore, a team of Miami’s caliber shouldn’t be losing to them.
So….the Hawks. While falling out of second place had more to do with their lack of games this week, there is really no excuse for a loss at home to the Lakers. They managed to stay above .500 however, winning a home game against Detroit. Their next game is on Tuesday, lets see if the extra rest and practice time helps them figure out some of their early season problems. If not, a difficult four-in-five night schedule against four playoff contender could prove to be costly for Mike Budenholzer and the Hawks.
It might be time to take this Orlando Magic squad seriously. They have the same amount of wins as the Hawks. Sure, Orlando hasn’t beaten anybody worth talking about, but they had a 23 point comeback against Charlotte the other night, and managed to beat a bad Piston team. They’re a “bad” team winning games against other bad teams, and are too young to know any better. When not taken seriously, the Magic are very dangerous.
Uhh…Charlotte? You guys alright? Ya want some cold medicine or something? Everything is not okay with the Hornets, they can’t maintain a lead against anybody, as showcased by their 23-point choke job against Orlando. Charlotte is massively inconsistent on a quarter to quarter basis and nobody is sure what the cause is. Pieces not fitting together, injuries, new personnel, or a mix of all three? Whatever the cause, it’s spun the Hornets into a five-game losing streak, and it doesn’t appear to be getting better any time soon.