Good post, but its the KNOWN (weak defense) that has me worried...What you don't know can kill you..
This team is pretty much an unknown due to fact we are still gelling. Billups continues to acclimate. Melo continues to find his flow within the offense. Amare and Billups are opening up lines of ESP on the pick and roll, which continue to become stronger and more unstoppable. The bench pieces continue to be more productive as certain players emerge and prove useful, such (to my utter surprise) as Carter and Sheldon. TD continues to show what a potent scorer he is as he shares time w Billups in the backcourt off the bench. He can get even better. And coach is growing the winning framework that will carry us into the playoffs.
The point is we're still turning into a cohesive unit. As we explore what works best for us in theses last games I think we'll go into the playoffs a virtual unquantified upset capable type of team.. Feel me? I mean, I can honestly say I don't know what to expect from these guys game to game. I don't know what an acclimated Billups will look like in this offense. I don't know how it will look when he starts to more instinctively know where Melo, Amare, Fields etc are when he gets said sh#t together. How will this look? My guess is pretty awesome..
What type of player will Melo become as he continues to be more of a passer, utilizing the spacing to find cutters from the triple threat position?
What about his D? Will he continue to give this much effort against the lesser teams and contenders alike?
What type of playoff player will Fields be?
How will Billups experience and Championship mettle affect this team?
There are more questions than answers at this point..
We are an unknown entity.
I think this factor bodes well for us going into the playoffs.