Everything is downsideup in the NBA so far. Golden State Warriors victories, Los Angeles Lakers defeats, a Brooklyn-Manhattan rivalry—it's all so topsy turvy around this time of year. We're approaching the juncture where real conclusions can be drawn, where you can't just dismiss everything with "small sample size!"
At roughly the quarter mark of the season, a team's tendencies should be taken seriously. It is difficult for a fluke to carry through one-fourth of all games, though certain exceptions apply. This is why we're carefully observing the trends, and interrogating them for meaning. What are we gleaning from so much meaning?