Game Seven

LeBron James took it all in. Dwyane Wade marveled at him. Chris Bosh backed up his supporting role. And they sneered down on our doubting faces after Game 6. "In Your Face!"

Now who to pick for Game 7? For Heat fans, choose the best Celtic remaining. For Celtics fans (or Heat haters), choose the best Heat remaining. It's that simple if you want to save your favored team's players for picking in the Finals. For neutrals like me (whose sorry teams are long out of contention), line up everyone who is available, and pick the best PRA regardless of whose side they are. That for me, is Udonis Haslem.

Regardless who wins this Game 7, that team and the Thunder will be all well-storied to bring life to this year's Finals. Just imagine what the Finals DVD for the winning team be. Think about the Celtics' journey.. the Heat's.. the Thunder's.

Can't wait for the Finals!!!

Maybe Not This Year

LeBron James. MVP. Hero of three quarters, zero of the fourth. His quest for a ring has brought his talent to South Beach. He says not one, not two, not three... Well, if he does not learn to accept his fate as the villain (e.g. Kobe) and if he does not learn to be stone cold in clutch (e.g. Durant), he will get nothing. He is the hottest pick of the day as a third of DTTF is picking him. A lot of people are counting on you. Suck it up and accept the load.

Dwyane Wade. The face of the Heat who has stepped aside and has let the new king hog the spotlight. Down 2-3 and facing elimination, maybe it is time for him to reclaim the throne. Even for one night (or two). That is the hope of 15% of DTTF. He has never really taken grasp of this series; not with the constant double team thrown at him by the Celtics. We want to see Wade explode.. really explode. Especially that back in the starting lineup to help free him up, is...

Chris Bosh. The face of the Raptors turned into a complimentary player. The guy has a lot of pride in him, and that will be his fuel as his return to the starting five spells the reemergence of the true Heat team that is meant to capture that Larry O'Brien trophy. His absence and the subsequent team losses have proven that while some of us consider him as the latter part of Two And A Half Men, he is indeed an integral part of the Heat DNA. He had 16 PRA in 14 minutes off the bench. What shall he bring in 30 minutes as a starter? He gets my pick.

Hurry up, coz OKC is waiting! Will Durant get his first ring before LeBron? Stay tuned!

Temporal Anomaly

So the Thunder have something else planned for the future. And we are not going to like it!

The Thunder beat the Spurs barely in Game 5. In a sly twist of fate, the Spurs are on the verge of elimination, and unfortunately will try to avert it in Oklahoma City. That will be a tall order for them as they have yet to win on the road in this series. In DTTF, as much as most of the drivers have saved Spurs for the Finals, our hands are forced to pick a Spur for Game 6.
  • Tony Parker -- The Spurs MVP, and will continue to play MVP minutes. He averages 34 PRA in four elimination games since 2009; expect him to have that much.
  • Manu Ginobili -- Had his first start of the playoffs, with 47 freaking PRA. He won't surprise the Thunder with 40 PRA anymore, but can definitely have 30 PRA if he remains a starter in Game 6. If I have time to confirm from the day's roster if he starts, then I will change my pick to him.
  • Tim Duncan -- Mr. Fundamental had one off day but is back in business. Should get a double-double easy for a PRA around 30. This has been a special year for the Spurs, and Tim will never let this get out of their hands. He gets my pick.

Judging from the hot picks (Ibaka 19%, Perkins 15%). It seems that a lot of drivers have not changed their pre-set picks yet. If the Spurs lose this series, they will miss delicious PRAs the Spurs' Big Three can deliver. [UPDATE: Just 8 hours after, the picks have changed...

As for the Heat-Celtics series, they are tied 2-2. Chris Bosh is now day-to-day, and based on some news, is set to play in Game 5 barring any setbacks. Before he got injured, he averages 20 PRA; but how will he fare in his first game back? Without Bosh, the Celtics are allowing the screener (Udonis Haslem or Joel Anthony) open, and the two defenders follow the ballhandler (poor Dwyane Wade). With Bosh in, the Celtics will now be hesitant to leave Bosh open because he has a deadly midrange jumper. This bodes well for him and for Dwyane Wade. Points-wise, he should be back to normal. However, rebounds-wise, I believe he will be favoring his just-healed abdominal strain and will make it hard for him to jump after the ball. I have to see him first perform in Game 5, before deciding if he gets my pick in Game 6 or 7.

As for now, my pick remains to be Brandon Bass. He and Haslem have been up and down, but Bosh's return would most likely diminish Haslem's effectivity than Bass'. Bosh is more of a game changer on offense than in defense. Bass has been playing great in spurts only. He mostly plays better at home, but he has to understand now that he has to have the same intensity on the road. Because if the Celtics lose Game 5... bye bye.