Putting on my rose coloured glasses (well as rosy as I can possibly be).
In our 8 game stretch, we've lost to Townsville 4 times. This isn't the same Townsville that lost the first 10 games of the season. That Townsville had no imports early season, then a 60 year old Larry Abney and an underperforming gun import in Gary Ervin.
Our first game against them coincided with the debut of Luke Nevill. Hot off a summer league in the NBA. Ervin is suddenly playing quality basketball and they are since undefeated.
As yet, we don't actually know how good they are as they've only played us. They could be legit for all we know.
Against New Zealand we only lost by 5 points. If you offered me that pre game remembering we had no import or Creek I would have jumped at it. How we lost is very relevant, but the final product is somewhat encouraging. That first half certainly was.
Both losses against Sydney were the second games of the weekend both a home/away double with travel between. Last weekend was the day after a game at home, then away to them. 1 day turnaround, same thing Sydney were whinging about having to do the next day. Christopherson was here, which if anything was a distraction or hindrance than help. The first loss, Daly played more minutes than Creek and Massingale and Massingale was sacked that week.
We lost to Perth. They are the best team in the league. You almost expect to lose to them. Dunigan was new, we had no chance to scout him. We had the game in our grasp before fading terribly and losing in overtime.
Every single loss, we've been well and truly in the game for the majority of the match. Different bounce here or there, no fadeout and we could have easily gone 5-3 like we did early season or even better. 7 of those losses were by a combined total of 29 points.
That's as positive as I can possibly be about what's going on at the moment. Close losses and fadeouts aren't nearly good enough, but at least we aren't going out there getting destroyed the whole time.
At the moment it just doesn't look like we know how to win. Townsville were the same, sitting 0-10, now they've won 5 on the trot. Faith says that we could do the same.