These Raptors

I picked the Pacers to win after they won Game 1 against the Raptors. That didn't go well.

I am picking the Heat to win after they won Game 1 against the Raptors. That should fare better.

I am not a Raptors fan (although I like Canada and what it represents to the world with diversity). To me and maybe the general outsider, the Raptors are riddled with uncertainty, forever stained by the loss of Vinsanity, and stars that are not quite stars. Yes, shallow. That's why only fans have the right to diss their own team.

But as I start reading about these Raptors, I get a sense of how the Raptors and fans feel about this year. "Everything feels so right this year". I guess that's true. There's a vibe that if there's a chance, this is it. I always admired the coach (a Dallas champ) and how he sacrificed his pride by agreeing to not win games years ago so that they can build towards today. He knows how to win. He transformed these offensive-minded players into ones who value and practice D.

But the Heat happened. Let's see.

My next pick: Lowry @ Home.


Drive & Slam update: May 04 and May 05 picks will stay open until the start of the Raptors Game 2. Everyone make sure you get your picks in (including those who posted in the comments).

25 comments:

  1. Made two picks for 04/05 by mistake. Please cancel that second one if you can. Nickname: Jordan4ever
    Thanks.

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    1. Leaderboard will only count the 1st. Later we will delete all duplicate picks other than the 1st

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  2. hi, where is the link to access the game gone???
    thanks

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  3. The sense used to be "Everything feels right this year" for the Raptors. That feeling has passed after they nearly fell apart against Indiana. This team reminds me a lot of the Indiana team from two years ago, who had such a great season and struggled throughout the entire playoffs. However, that comparison also means we shouldn't count them out. They've been playing poorly, and yet they are still in games. Much like Indiana two years ago, a lot of people might pay the price for picking against them. And with today's pick.... I'm joining that group of people. It's Jonas Valanciunas for me. I wonder if I missed out after he got a 41 in game 1, but I still like him here. He seems to show up early in series, and Whiteside is banged up. Plus, I want to save DeRozan for a true hero ball moment later in the series.

    Tomorrow, I've got Jeff Teague. Atlanta looks like they have no chance to win the series, and OKC vs. SA is tied 1-1, so that's an easy choice for me. Teague looked much better in game 2 and I hope that continues on his home floor. Sucks that Millsap was on his way to a monster game before garbage time began in the third quarter. Oh well, could be worse. Could have been a Horford, Bazemore, Korver, or Schroder picker. Anybody have Kris Humphries last night? :P

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  4. I absolutely HATE the Atlanta Hawks and hate what they do to me EVERY year in this game. Every single year. I'm cursed when it comes to this team and individually cursed when it comes to Isaiah Thomas. End rant.

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    1. I've got the Hawks curse too. 14 from Teague, 7 from Bazemore and 18 from Horford, just like you. Awful.

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  5. I hope my picks for 5/4 and 5/5 count. I may have put in today's pick up to 30 seconds after tip due to computer troubles and yesterday's pick about 20 minutes later since I didn't realize I had to put that one in until I looked here.

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  6. Not sure if its a time zone issue or not but it's currently the 4th quarter in the Raps & Heat game and I'm still able to edit my pick. Just a heads up

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  7. Wade and dragic threes for 86-all. Crazy game!

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  8. Leaderboard currently cannot handle all players (need a bigger host plan), so for now, we're removing players inactive for more than two weeks.

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    1. K we're too many. World leaderboards will not be possible. We'll make leaderboards per league for manageability. If you are not part of any league yet, join nbadrivetothefinals.blogspot.com league.

      And oh, you can view your league members' picks now.

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    2. I think Alex has a question for you Taong. Not sure if you've seen it yet but it's on the message board of the blogspot league.

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    3. Ah sorry Alex, it's fixed now

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    4. It is?

      It is! Woohoo! Now I can work again here :)

      Just not now, have a work day beginning in about 7 hours. Thanks for fixing it and for Tangent and Daytona for helping get the message through :D

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  9. May 6tj pick
    Username: cisidori
    P. Millsap

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    1. Chris, make the picks in the site, not here.

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  10. my ..first ten picks were cloned and score double amount points..if u could fix thx mrrsteel

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  11. Next few days should be interesting. Tonight is pretty easy decision for me in DTTF. Curry is still out, Portland is down 0-2, and I've got Lillard. It's a no brainer to pick Lillard. In D&S, I used Lillard on the day that I couldn't switch to McCollum, and have also used McCollum as well. So I'll try out Mason Plumlee. He puts up stats, but it's never pretty. So I'll have some fun tonight .... or it will be painful. We shall see. In DTTF, I can watch Plumlee/Aminu and decide who will make the most sense for game 4.

    With the Spurs winning on the road, it makes things a bit more straightforward in terms of picking players. If the Thunder had won, it would have been a lot more interesting to see what everybody did. Now with the Thunder down 1-2 (potentially two away from elimination) and still having Durant and Westbrook, it has to be one of them. I'm undecided on which it will be. Was leaning Durant last night, but currently leaning towards Westbrook.

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    1. Since I'm picking a Thunder in game 4, I'm effectively saying goodbye to my remaining Hawks. A moment of silence for Korver, Bazemore, and Schroder.

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  12. Peepz, May 04-07 scores will be finalized about 4am NY team. For those who missed the May 04 pick because of the downtime, please post here before that time. Cheers!

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