Beware The Thorn In Rose

Coming into the Conference Finals, I got 4 superstars that I believe will get me boosts in this game: Dirk, LeBron, Dwyane and MVP Derrick. Dirk did that for me in Game 1 pushing me up about +10 in percentile. And with Miami now leading 2-1, I am now forced to play my trump card.
Week 6, May 24:
Derrick Rose

This is the game to pick him. He will not allow the series to go 3-1 in favor of the Heat because deep inside he knows the Bulls cannot recover from that. So he will do all he can to win this game. I do not think Coach Tibs will still pursue the "feed Boozer" game plan because all that did in Game 3 was to go neck-to-neck with the Heat. They want something that will give them the advantage. I am no basketball coach but it is silly at this stage to try something new. It has to be the tried and tested Rose-make-it-happen game plan. I love seeing Rose drive to the basket because it opens up a lot of opportunities: score himself, draw fouls, pass out to shooters like Deng, drop ball to Boozer as Bosh comes to help and double-team. He draws so much attention.

If you believe Tibs will still employ the same Game 3 plan, go ahead and pick Boozer. Just do not pick Noah just yet as he now still contends with that slur issue with a fan - wait until he gets home and away from the hooplah.

The important thing is to start picking Bulls because in a worst case scenario of Heat-in-5 you are left to pick 2 Bulls only. For me, that would be Rose then Noah. If they even the series, then it's back to picking either LeBron or Dwyane for the other scenario of Bulls-in-6.

16 comments:

  1. I used DRose early and I agree it's time to start using Bulls. Noah didn't do much for me last night. It looks like it 's Boozer or Deng in GM4 for me. If Korver and/or Bogans don't start hitting from the perimeter the Bulls are toast.

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  2. oh that's a toss up
    deng is the safe pick
    boozer is the risk pick but high potential

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  3. Going Thunder tonight but I've used their Big 3. I'm leery about Ibaka. This is when the contest gets brutal.

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  4. I'm down to either pick Boozer or D Rose in game 4.

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  5. @vapor, gl with ibaka. care to pick a mav instead? you can always pick ibaka in the elims game

    @gradykhi, great job holding on to rose. if my blog made sense to you, it may be time to pick rose. if not, boozer is not a bad pick anyway. gl with your pick!

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  6. vapor, gl indeed. ibaka played great despite the loss. 28 pra

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  7. tao- I've used the the best OKC players. It's probably Mav time .

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  8. dirk. terry. kidd. marion. chandler. barea.
    in order.

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  9. @Tao, two nights in a row, people w/ the top picks has done well. Since last week, these players I picked produced only between 9-20 PRA. I considered taking D Rose tonight over Boozer. Players that had a good game the previous game will not perform so well the next game. Let's hope the MVP puts up 50+ PRA tonight, I need a huge boost to climb up in rankings. Gl w/ your pick tonight Tao.

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  10. minutes ago i was tempted to change picks again and reserve rose for an elims game. with points of 28, 21 and 20 in the first 3 games, i am not encouraged. boozer was looking better.

    but spock prevailed and kept his composure.

    still picking rose. @gradykhi, may the force be with us!

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  11. halftime report:
    L. James (17)
    C. Boozer (15)
    D. Rose (14)
    J. Noah (14)
    D. Wade (11)

    rose was horrible in q1. got it going at the end of q2. go rose, go!

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  12. yay! Boozer was the right pick for me.. Now, I have no one left to pick from Bulls on Game 5.. I still have Gibson though

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  13. Gratz Vee on the Boozer pick. Gibson is much worse than some of Miami's bench. So might as well pick a Heat player. I'll suggest Haslem or Miller.

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  14. Yeah, I agree with you about Gibson.. Do you think Miller will do good in game 5? He's so inconsistent. I think I'll better go with Haslem :D

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  15. Rose still ended up getting 32 PRA which I'm still satisfied with. I wished he knock down those open 3's he could have had 40-50 PRA. Even though the heat is building a brick wall around him.

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  16. @Vee, go with Haslem. You're right with Miller, so inconsistent - maybe got a good Game 4 but we don't know for Game 5.

    @gradykhi, I was really expecting 40+ from rose to bump me up past 90%, but... meh

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