I think it's safe to say that when playing a better team, it's not ever too surprising to be trailing at some point. When we're trailing after 3, either the other team has shown that it's better or we've had a bad start. I'd say the former probably occurs more often than the latter.
Are bad starts acceptable? How many games is it acceptable for a pro athlete to not show up for half?
If the other team is better, absolutely, expectation is we'd lose. But bad starts are largely because we lack effort (don't drive, don't rebound, don't defend). The Sac game is a perfect example. There is no way we should be losing that game, but because the guys didn't show up focused, we lost. Plain and simple. As a coach, I find that unacceptable.
Another poor start hurts the team.
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