This may come as a shock to everybody...
Why am I picking LeBron James? The Heat-Pacers series will definitely will go at least 3 more games and I only have two notable Pacers picks left: Lance Stephenson (to be picked in an elimination game) and George Hill (friend specifically told me not to pick him). And I will eventually pick a Heat player to compensate for that. I can pick other 20-RPA guys from the Heat, but why not LeBron James? ;)
I pre-picked LeBron even before his matchup Paul George was hurt with a concussion, and I stayed with LBJ more so after Paul said he had a blackout. That threatened a Game 3 absence at the time. Of course, by now, you guys already know that Paul is 100% healthy and will definitely play. Still, I am hoping for at least LBJ's average PRA of 44. I am currently at 98 percentile, and this pick should shoot me further and peak me at 99 for this postseason.
I realize I will get a lot of heat (see what I did there?) because of this pick, especially if he gives me a sub-44 PRA in this game. If you think this is the wrong pick (pre-game and post-game), let it rip in the comments section. I'm in Dark Knight mode -- I can take it :P (disclaimer: the Batman doesn't stick his tongue out ever).
For Sunday's game, there is a danger of the Thunder being swept. I don't believe they will get swept, but for safety reasons you have to pick either Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook now if you still have both. If you don't, you might lose one of them later.
The Thunder received big news that Serge Ibaka is out of the "out-of-season" status, and is now "day-to-day". He is yet to be cleared by doctors to run but he is in high spirit. The Thunder should be super-pumped now in Game 3 and they will try to prolong this series so that they can give Ibaka more time to come back and help them. If not later this series, onto the next.
There is a strong possibility that Coach Brooks will replace Thabo Sefolosha with Caron Butler in Game 3, the same thing they did in Games 6 and 7 against the Grizzlies. Watch out for that. If that happens, I may pick Caron Butler.
But for now, my default pick is Reggie Jackson. Unlike the Saturday pick, this is comparatively a meh pick. The dynamic duo will need ALL the help that they can get, and I think it is time for Reggie to go supernova on this.