Chase Utley was in the stands with his father at Chavez Ravine the last time the Dodgers were in the World Series, and, playing in his third season in Los Angeles after an illustrious tenure with the Phillies, he thinks that the 2017 iteration of the Dodgers has the right components to bring a World Series trophy back to southern California.

“We have a good team — the starting rotation, our lineup, and solid defense,” Utley said before a recent game against the White Sox. “We have some young guys with a lot of talent, and some old guys who have been around, and that combination is always important.”

For teams stuck in that middle tier like the Hornets, moral victories have to become the reward in lieu of Super Cheap Jerseys China actual ones because the actual ones are equally finite — especially against elite teams. “Just entertain me. That’s all I ask,” might as well be the rallying cry.

The stakes in Wednesday’s game likely were never high for most Hornets fans. The team might’ve beaten the Warriors, which would’ve been fun and a highlight of the season, but fans know the team can’t ultimately beat them. They’ll never, in each team’s current form, beat them for a championship. There won’t be debate about which Texans Cheap Jerseys is the better team. That’s just not the NBA reality, which effectively made Wednesday’s game a fun matchup, a measuring stick and a chance to see how the team stacks up against the big boys in the league. But certainly not an NBA Finals preview.

Which is why asking a good, small-market team like the Hornets to shoot for greatness sort of feels like a hollow gesture. No matter how good the Hornets look, no matter how other-worldly Kemba Walker plays at times, most fans realize that even a maximum-performance season won’t produce a championship — making “good job, good effort” a legitimate Toronto Maple Leafs Cheap Jerseys response after a loss to the elite Warriors.