Plan Z

So the Thunder mounted a surprise win in San Antonio... yeah just like that! All the Spurs you've been saving for the Conference Finals have suddenly gone poof! Yeah the Spurs can still win Game 6, but who here wants to dare not pick a Spur in an elimination game, and in Oklahoma City? Thought so. I got MVP runner-up Kawhi Leonard up next. I'll save Aldridge for a Texas game in the Conference Finals... or altogether lose him because it's Westbrook in Game 7 if needed.

Speaking of Game 7, it's May 15. And that's also a possible Game 7 for the Heat@Raptors series. Hopefully, those two games do not happen. Otherwise, I'll be missing on a lot of Heat players because the Raptors in spite of themselves will win Game 7. If it ever gets to that point.

However, I have a gut feeling that the Heat will win Game 5 and 6. Call me crazy.


Good luck to me!

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  1. Maccabi de LevantarMay 11, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Heat will have to play much better. They almost lost game 4 against an awful DeRozan, without Valanciunas and Lowry fouled out...Anyway I will wait and use Aminu today, Biyombo or Wade for game 6.

    I still believe in the Spurs, if it was only PRA I would take the risk, as I did with Paul George. But that x2 in the 2nd round will make me pick Kawhi. 80+ points is too much risk for me xD

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    1. It is a big risk indeed. With the multipliers, you're right that it's 80 points. However, it's interesting you mentioned not picking Paul George. In theory, that might mean you are behind in the standing. At this point, you should base your next decision on where you are placed. I'm in a similar mindset that I still think the Spurs can win it. In the Google league that I'm playing, I'm the leader, so going with the popular pick of Kawhi Leonard will be my strategy. In Drive and Slam, I'm undecided. I've had a weak second round, and with the multiplier, that's put me behind in a big way. Considering taking the risky approach and going with Steven Adams, and trying to hold on to Leonard for the x3 multiplier that nobody will have next round. It's risky, but when you are behind, sometimes a good risk is all it takes to overtake the hoards of Kawhi pickers (probably 90% of people will pick him).

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    2. Maccabi de LevantarMay 11, 2016 at 11:48 AM

      Checking your picks in our Drive and Slam group, I think we are in similar position. I had 48 from Kanter yesterday. And I still have Adams and Durant, that would be my risky plan. But if Thunder advance, it's only Durant + Warriors for next round. And keeping Cavs for the finals. 24 hours to think about it.

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  2. random thought: read an article a few weeks ago that claims durant will bail out of okc if they can't make conference finals. okc is in it to win this series.

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    1. I think the fact that they have put up a great series against San Antonio will help keep Durant in town, even if the Spurs go on to win the series. I hope so anyways. I want him to stay there, and I'd like to see some players recruited to make the team better, like a three point shooting sharpshooter who can play lockdown D (not sure who that is but it's what the team badly needs).

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  3. Harumph. That was unexpected. Thank Tangent for the Aldridge idea. I was getting a little angry after LMA kept missing his shots, but after that meltdown by the Spurs (seriously, they go 40-1 in the regular season and win g1 with 32 points only to lose two homegames in a row?) I am glad I took a Spur.

    I now have the same two players lined up as Taong, is that a good sign? But I don´t see any viable option to not picking Kawhi, like just about everybody else.

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    1. Yep, the Aldridge idea worked in an unexpected way. I thought he would have a 40-50 PRA monster game, like he had been doing at home. Instead, he had an OK 32, but his less than stellar game helped lead to an Oklahoma City victory. It only truly worked if OKC win tonight. Go OKC!

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  4. DeMarre Carroll for me tonight...
    ....Let's do this !!!

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  5. Portland looked good initially in Game #4 and looked in total control in the first half. Unfortunately they play 2 halves in basketball, and their decent sized lead vaporized after that as Steph Curry took over especially in overtime, where he was completely unstoppable from the lack of a Portland defense. Single coverage on Steph Curry? Seriously?

    Anyway it is now the end of the road for the Portland Trailblazers as they now face the monumental task of beating the Golden State Warriors on their home court, which isn't logically going to happen at all. Golden State was 44-2 at home this year, while Portland was a miserable 17-29. Those numbers spell doom for Portland playing on the road in this one. So I will definitely be picking a Portland player tonight.

    I pretty much drained the Portland roster already, but still have their big gun left, and I will play him tonight in what will most likely be the Blazers last game of the year. Going with Damian Lillard tonight, so hopefully he lights it up, and puts up another 50+ PRA effort in the losing cause.

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  6. Darn Raptors won. Raptors and Thunder messing with our picks ;)

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    1. Raps won, but we all lost. Now we get to see a series without Carroll, Deng, Valanciunas, Whiteside and Bosh. And DeRozan's wrist is not looking good.

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  7. Danny green 4 me tonight...

    ............ up !!!
    ... Thunder

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  8. Biyombo was... underwhelming, at least in the second half. 15 PRA at halftime, and 16 PRA in the end? He couldn´t get a rebound or anything else. That´s seems to be what you get when DeRozan and Lowry do everything and shoot 47 times. He still was the third best Raptor, but that second half, yikes.

    Tonight it has to be Kawhi. Can´t really go anywhere else.

    The big question is, who, if anybody, is going to play on Sunday? My tentative pick would be Westbrook if the Spurs manage to win tonight. If they don´t but the Heat can accomplish a win at home, then it would probably be... I have no idea. Yet. Let´s wait and see.

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  9. The last 3 days in the google drive (and last 2 in D&S) have been a complete nightmare.
    My last 3 google drive picks have combined for 45 PAR.... Westbrook the other night alone had 10 more than that! Even worse most of these awful performances have been on winning teams, the exact inverse of how to succeed on these games. Meanwhile I've used 3 Raptors and 2 Heat players and none of those names include Hassan Whiteside or Jonas Valanciunas 2 HUGE blows for me! Only 1 person used Whiteside but 8 have the advantage of taking Valanciunas.

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  10. Taking LaMarcus Aldridge on D&S and Kawhi Leonard on google, hoping the Spurs win since I'd still be in much better shape but I'm pretty sure the Thunder end it tonight.

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  11. Maccabi de LevantarMay 12, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    I do believe in the Spurs. Call me crazy, Steven Adams gets my pick. We are here to play. High risk...I hope high reward.

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    2. I've also got Adams in D&S. If the Spurs win, it'll be down to you and I for top contenders. If the Thunder win, Mr. Thunder Up becomes the top contender!

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    3. Maccabi de LevantarMay 12, 2016 at 6:33 PM

      How can you trust this Spurs? Are you crazy? xD

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    4. I didn't trust the Spurs, but I didn't doubt them. When you are behind, sometimes the contrarian play gets you back in. It was worth a shot!

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    5. Maccabi de LevantarMay 13, 2016 at 7:19 AM

      Haha, I was also saying to myself. Spurs have disappointed me, as a team. I expected much more from other players, Leonard and Aldridge apart. That was what made them better, ball movement and getting everyone involved. I didn't see anything about that. Credit to OKC

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  12. Since the San Antonio Spurs have decided to choke at home in the playoffs after only losing 1 regular season home game all year, we are now faced with having to pick from their roster, as OKC plays at home tonight up 3-2. Unfortunately some of the very few options that OKC has to offer have already been used, and if they win tonight and eliminate the Spurs, the next round is going to be a complete mess, never mind if OKC actually somehow makes it to the finals.

    I picked Serge Ibaka (10 PRA) in Game #5 and he was his usual horrible self contributing next to nothing to the cause. So while that was a disappointing effort by Ibaka, I have become used to his horrible games out there and especially on DTTF.

    So with the Spurs trailing 3-2 tonight on the road I will pick one of their players. Going with Tony Parker, hoping for 20+ PRA out of him tonight. If he is horrible and the Spurs lose, so be it. If somehow the Spurs win this series, not exactly looking good at the moment, I'll have some decent options for Round #3 of the Playoffs. This should be interesting as this goes forward.

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  13. #Spursgotoldfast
    Absolutely amazing, boy does one age quicky or in this case a team. Although not all the Spurs are old, it sure seems that way! Last 15:50 of the half 42-12 Thunder. Were down 6 and now lead by 24 (55-31)!

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  14. I just noticed the entire google blog took those two players, 8 on Leonard and 4 on Aldridge. All I know is we won't be getting to take the other if we didn't already... 80-55 Thunder!

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  15. Come to think of it... OKC@GSW will be more fun than SAS would have.

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    1. I think either series would have been a lot of fun. I had been looking forward to SA vs. GS all season, but definitely not disappointed with it being OKC. This should be fun. In the Google league, I sit with all but two Thunder intact. That's more than most people can say.

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    2. And in Drive and Slam, I'm down Westbrook, Adams, Ibaka, and Kanter. So I'm pretty much done there.

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  16. And that´s that. The winningest season in Spurs history ends in the second round of the playoffs. Thanks to Tangent I got Aldridge and Leonard out of the way, and I only lost Durant (ouch) and Ibaka from the Thunder. Let´s wait and see how this is going to play out.

    Meanwhile I still don´t know what to do with Raptors. They are favored to win, but we all know they are equally capable of bowing out. They still remind me of the number 1 seed Pacers from two years ago who were bad all playoffs and still pushed the Heat to 6 games in the conference finals.

    Well, I can´t imagine anything but a rematch in the Finals.

    Tonight it´s going to be Dragic. Should the Heat win and it´s game 7 on sunday, I would probably pick a Raptor. Come to think of it, I could pick a Raptor now for Sunday, this way, even if they advance I would have a pick for g1 of the conf finals. Might come in handy as I don´t know if I can be online on sunday.

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