Let's say Rose hypothetically makes the rumored date of the 19th.
Here's the schedule
The NBA was nice enough to give us probably the easiest first half...ever. Which of course means the second half of the season is going to be tough as nails.
There's 6 games against non-playoff teams. (Washington, Sacramento, Cleveland)
Then there's about that many with a few who are fringe playoff teams: Boston (who looks very nice without Rondo), Philly, Detroit, and arguably a big two at the tail of the season for the Raptors.
And the rest are all playoff team games. The good part is we've only got three back to back games left. So that's how the schedule breaks down.
So what are your expectations for Rose stats-wise, and games wise and what I mean by games wise is do you think he doesn't play on the backend of the back to back, or they randomly hold him out like the Hornets are doing for EJ.
Your expectation record-wise, and of course how far we get in the playoffs.
Personally I'm going to be a bit more cautious and say he comes back at 70% and averages something along the lines of 12-5. Plays around 20 minutes or so at the start and maybe finishes the season averaging 30-35 and they just let him go. I'd like to see him play none of the backend games, but I doubt that happens, or see him sit out the "gimme games" like Washington. (side note: they're actually as good as the Nets are against .500 teams
) But I do think he'll get a random game off here or there.
Record wise I think we should see around 22 wins with Rose back. Meaning 22-8 Which is good enough for the second seed possibly and third definitely. And if we get that seed. Which means a home series against Milwaukee in the first round, and then a fun matchup with the Knicks most likely. While the team has done well against the Knicks I think they might could beat us in the playoffs at full health, if not obviously that sets up an ECF with Miami which we'd lose.