Wow! That was a complete reversal! That was the Thunder we saw in the regular season going 4-0 against the Spurs. The return of Serge Ibaka and the insertion of Reggie Jackson into the starting lineup changed the dynamics of the Thunder rotation. Did anybody notice amidst the win frenzy that Thabo Sefolosha and Nick Collison didn't even get off the bench? This is more than the Thunder going back to its roots, but also Coach Brooks adapting to the Spurs type of play. Congratulations to Thunder fans for this big win!
The Spurs, on the other hand, underperformed. Yeah Ibaka has something to do with Tony Parker unable to attack the rim as much as he liked. But overall the team just didn't had the fight earlier and just took all the punches. It became so bad, Coach Pop opted to rest his guys halfway through the last inning. If not for Manu Ginobili, that could have been a humiliating loss. How about Coach Pop moving his chess pieces around? Manu in the starting lineup? They did that before, but it is not Pop's style to panic. Besides, they still lead 2-1. Even if the Thunder win Game 4, the Spurs still have the homecourt advantage, especially Game 7.
It sure liked the Thunder just made this a series. Although I haven't seen much chickening out in DTTF yet as Ibaka is the hottest pick, and Jackson still hot at 2nd most owned. Ibaka's return is much welcomed because we were running out of options anyway. I highly recommend going Ibaka in Game 4, before his injury comes back to bite him. He gets my pick for Tuesday.
As for Monday's Game 4 of the other series, The Heat, leading 2-1, has the chance at home to push the Pacers into the brink. LeBron James and company know that Game 4 is a must-win; because if Pacers steal it, the Pacers will have better chance of drawing energy from the home crowd with Games 5 and 7 in Indiana. Ray Allen was the X-factor in the last game; who will step up for the Heat in Game 4?
As for my pick, I still have soon-to-be free agent Lance Stephenson allocated for an elimination game. My other relevant Pacer available is George Hill, and he gets my pick. Game 3 was awful for him, and I hope he bounces back well in Game 4.
I feel my DTTF game has peaked already at 99 percentile after that LeBron pick. The Jackson pick maintained that, but all picks from now on should be carefully made so as to minimize my drop-offs from the rankings. Hmm, come to think of it, I want these two series be done ASAP, and the Finals be done in a sweep. With every pick onwards, I'll be facing possible drop-offs. Can't afford to have more of those.