Personally I don't think it makes sense to look at the regular season and judge whether it was a success or a failure. If it makes sense to do so, it probably means the team isn't very good at all (one that would be very happy just to make the playoffs = success).
Here's how I'd judge the season after it is finished:
Success - make it past 1st round
Neither - lose in 1st round
Failure - miss playoffs
So far though, they look to be exceeding expectations and well positioned to have a successful season. We'll see if the regular season results are indicative of how good the team really is.
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