Spurs Are Champs !!!!!

Congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs who got their redemption by dominating The Finals! They truly are a model organization in the NBA. Congratulations to Pop and Timmy for their fifth ring together! To Kawhi Leonard to his well-deserved Finals MVP! To Manu and Tony for their fourth ring! To the rest of the Spurs who made these Finals a memorable one for all of us. And most importantly, congratulations to the San Antonio Spurs fans -- I know you were hurting, but I am sure you never felt more relieved than now :)

Kudos goes to the Miami Heat for their fourth straight Finals. And we all can be very well sure that they will be back in the Finals again next year. LeBron, Wade and Bosh are there to stay.


In this Drive To The Finals fantasy game, I only am a tad better than last year's 98 percentile but overall missed my target of 99 percentile. Loved how 9 straight picks after LeBron James kept me in the 100 percentile, but then loathed over that last two duds that sent me crashing away from Page 1 of our league. Next year, I am not settling for anything less than Top 100.

As for this blog, we have more than quadrupled our reader participation in the comments section! Special heartful thanks goes to the likes of imawake/topknox, Tangent, Luminosity, Daytona, aceee06, Alex, thehalfcourtheave, Ali, Karol and a slew of others (regulars and new) who continue to provide invaluable insight and tips to the betterment of the improved DTTF experience of all. This blog is nothing without you guys! BIG THANK YOU!

Congratulations also to our reader Matt for winning it all! May your family enjoy your new ride ;)

That's a wrap, folks! See you again in these parts in ten months!



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Smashed!

This is it, boys and girls! Elimination game next! Put your best player forward.

How about Game 4? Same banana as Game 3. Another poor showing for the Heat players. It's like the producer of this series decided to split the the third movie into two and shot them back-to-back. Game 4 was every bit as Game 3 was. Spurs built lead in first half, Heat rallies in the third, and then out of gas in the fourth.

Slow Play Is Death

NBA defenses are so sophisticated now. You don't want to give them a chance to get fully established. When we played Miami in the Finals, we knew that if we called any plays we were doomed. We had to play faster than that. Popovich really pioneered a lot of that. There is a pendulum on a lot of these things, but I really don't see faster offense going away." - Rick Carlisle

41 Spurs points in the first quarter. Boris Diaw started over Tiago Splitter for more ball movement, and that opened up the alley for the Spurs' two shooters. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green finally clicked. Spurs really wanted to break the game open early. The Heat didn't give up (much to the relief of DTTF), adjusted and made a good third quarter rally. But in the end, the lead was just too unsurmountable for the Heat to overcome. Spurs stole one in Miami and got back their home court advantage. 2-1, baby! Okay, 2-1 means nothing yet, but Game 4 is a must-win now for the Heat.

One. E-Four. C-Five.

The Spurs' first move is the most popular move in chess, and that is to do what has always worked, and that is to have the same starting lineup in Game 1.

Now, you may be thinking that it is the Heat's turn to make the next move. But, you see, the Heat had already made their move, even before Game 1. And that is to start Rashard Lewis. At first we thought that Chris Andersen may be injured, but it turns out he's not. So that means starting Lewis was a calculated move. Maybe it was due to the success they had with that lineup with the Pacers, who like the Spurs, had two legit bigs. Or maybe they borrowed from the Spurs' book when they played Diaw a lot against the Thunder's packed paint.

Sweep. Not.

I want a sweep. But there will never be a sweep in the Finals this year.

Standing at rank 56 and only Splitter, Allen, Chalmers and Green remaining in my pool, I want a sweep. With the Big Threes from the Spurs and Heat being popular picks in the next three games, I am sure to lose ground now against the people around me. Assuming a Big Three average PRA of 30 and my picks' average of 15, that is a dropoff of 45 PRA just for the next three games. That lines up with about 98 percentile, which is what I got last year (I said I wanted 99 this year). Now, if series stretches to 7 games, that's another dropoff of 40 to 50 PRA and that lines up at about 93 percentile. That is why I want a sweep.