As if two series ties were not enough, fate wanted to make fun of us and decided to give us more to think about. The Heat victory was mostly expected (even without the havoc that happened with the Bulls), but here again are Warriors managing to steal a game in San Antonio. While most of us can still bet that the Heat can most probably win their series, the same cannot be said about the Warriors or the Spurs.
Before the round began, the Spurs are heavily favoured to win the series with the Warriors. They then won Game 1, but anyone who watched that game can say that game was up for grabs up to the final seconds. The Warriors could have won that game, and the everybody starting questioning the Spurs ability to contain them.
So will the Warriors prevail? If you think that way now, please feel free to pick Tim Duncan or Tony Parker. I have not picked any Spurs yet, and I would like it to stay that way. I still believe that the Spurs' experience will prevail. So I am not picking from that series for now. Not until Game 3 is over.
As for my pick on Friday, I was scheduled to pick Luol Deng. But seeing that he is not yet feeling ready, I am changing my pick to his backup, Jimmy Butler. Yes he had a bad game in Game 2 with just an unlucky 13 PRA, but I am ignoring his stats. This is what I am looking at: minutes. The absence of Deng for the last four games caused his minutes to be hogged by Butler. That's 48-48-48-31. If Game 2 was not so lopsided, he would have more than 31 minutes. I believe that Deng will come back in Game 3, but I also believe that Coach Thibs will close manage Deng's minutes. I expect Butler to have more than 30 minutes, and I just wish he will be all around Game 3.
You may also pick Nate Robinson before Kirk Hinrich comes back.