Several sources indicate AB will be back for Sunday's Bucks game . Assuming that's true, what does it mean? I'd venture to say not much. Here's why: Coach Casey isn't going to damage next season for this one. He's not coaching to save his job, or BC's - they are both safe. Nor is he thinking "Let's sneak into the playoffs", as he's aware that ship sailed several weeks ago. Coach knows AB's injury is chronic; I'd be astonished if AB played more than 30 mins/gm till season's end. AB can't score if he's on the bench, so I doubt we'll see him average 20 points/gm.
I hope AB's return means fewer minutes for Jose, who won't need to carry as much scoring load. That means we'll see more of Bayless (and Gary Forbes, with Carter's likely departure? Yikes!).
I predicted a record of 22-44, or .333 winning percentage. After last night's pleasant surprise, we are at 13-26, which is a .333 winning percentage (spooky!). Given the duration of AB's injury, we're actually doing better than I thought, so a few more wins might be in the cards. However, Coach will be careful - how about 25-41?