Call me a dirty optimist but I think losses like this are games that stick in a players mind and overall lead to better more urgent play more consistently
Part of the maturing (ma-toooring) process (pro-cesss) if you will
in 2010 we lost 9 games by 14 points or more
in 2011 we lost 4 games by 14 points or more
in 2012 we have lost 5 games by 4 points or less (all on the road)
seems to me that the coaching staff are doing a great job of getting more competitive, especially on the road.
No doubt PC and the team need to get better to win these games. But its really close. Maybe thats why everyone is freaking out right now.
But im with you, i see the balance shifting. This team is so much more competitive game in and game out than the last couple years. its interesting how critical everyone is.. almost like they forgot the beatdowns this team was subjected to so recently as last year.