And That Was Game Two

Spoiler Alert!!! If you do not want to know that the Spurs were blown-out, that Joe Crawford was invisible, and that your pick for Game 2 was subpar, don't read further!!!


So the Heat bounced back and put on the trashing. Or was it the Spurs shooting themselves in the foot? The world did not need referee Joe Crawford to mess up the game. The Spurs did it for themselves. Heat 103-84 -- it does not get better than that. And for a Finals game?

Mario Chalmers is the pick of the day. 19 points and 25 PRA. Congratulations to anyone who picked him. At 2.2% ownership, that's a testament of getting lucky with a cold pick. I do not believe Chalmers can get any better than that.

Chris Bosh gets the consolation prize. He did what was expected of him after his Game 1 fail. In Game 2, he didn't fling a trey, he worked in the inside, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Those 4 offensive rebounds was more impressive. Now that he has realized how to play this series, expect him to be better the next few games, as Texas welcomes him.

Kawhi Leonard continues to rise. 21 PRA in Game 1, and 25 in Game 2. He and Danny Green's perfect 6 for 6 are the only bright spots in Game 2.

As for the other members of the Big Six, it is kind of... weird. All of them were below average, even LeBron James' PRA. Blowout games do that -- they sit the best of them. There was no reason to risk injury for these players in garbage minutes.

So the Spurs Game 1 win gave the Spurs confidence. That Game 2 blowout took that away. The next three Texas games do not seem homey anymore. If you say this is another back and forth series like the Pacers series was, expect the Spurs to bounce back in Game 3.

Overall it's good news. Tied 1-1. More basketball for us.


  1. I have Bosh, Leonard, Ginobili, Allen, and Green. Game 3 suggestions?

    1. Kahwi is the safe bet.

      Bosh just had a good game and moreso in Texas.

      Ginobili is the risky pick, with high potential.

      Green can never shoot perfect again.

      Allen too unpredictable.

    2. so would you use Leonard or Bosh for game 3? I think Leonard will get 25-26, Bosh I don't know he is a wild card, could be anywhere from 15 to 35.

    3. You are right about Leonard and Bosh and their PRA ranges. With Kahwi, you can pick any game this series, and he will give you around 25 PRA. With Bosh, you have to guess where he will have his best game (or even his second-best game). My guess is his second game in Texas, some guess it will be Game 3, and some said Game 2 was already it. Your guess is as good as anybody's.

      If I don't want you to be hurt by Bosh's potential letdown, I'll suggest just pick Kawhi and have that safe pick.

      Just know that eventually you will have to pick Bosh in this series.

  2. Is that Spoiler alert for me? That´s nice.

    But you know of course that I won´t go looking at this blog or my DTTF standings before checking out the play-by-play. After that I come here to see who I should pick in the next game.

    Who´d have thought it? I scrapped Duncan, picked Bosh, and lo and behold, Bosh is the second best PRA-producer of the night. Leonard, Green or Chalmers (picked Mario in game 7 for a measly 10 PRA) would have been the best picks, but I am more than content with what Bosh did. Even got two more assists in the garbage time when the Spurs stars were already out and the Heat stars still had to put up some points.

    What does that mean for game 3 in Texas? Tied series. The Heat always win in the Finals after a loss in the opening match, and they always wind 4 games straight once they started tasting victory. On the other hand they always lose after winning the first game of the Finals.

    I am not sure what is going to happen. Either the Spurs go home with poise, TP and TD playing like they did in game 1 and they are taking game 3, or the Heat do what the Bulls did in 91 against the Lakers or what the Lakers did to the 76ers in 2001, winning four straight after a surprising loss at home in the opener.

    Who to pick in the pivotal game 3? I am leaning to Duncan (gut feeling, not a reliable source) but still open to suggestion.

    1. Bah! The spoiler alert failed. Hehe!

      I am sure that the Spurs' Big Three will bounce back, whether they win or lose Game 3. They have to.

      You can never go wrong with a Duncan pick. If you were willing to pick him in Game 2 away and after a win, moreso in Game 3 at home and after a loss.

    2. Alex, pick a Spur... the best avaible.
      Keep your guesses for upcoming games.


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