Two road wins. Two players picked from the winner. Davis, then Oladipo. So...
... yeah! LOL!
I thought I can take it easy in Round 1, but as you can see this puts me in a very odd situation. It seems like the basketball gods did not want me to just sit back and relax ... you know, like the Cavs' defense :D
So, okay game on!
I wanna show you my scratch pad earlier...
Haha! Pardon my handwriting (my choice of career doesn't really need paper 99% of the time). But this is how it all worked in the old days, you know. Drafting, friend's house, buddies, notebook, pen, big sheets, marker... and beer ;) Anyways...
I listed out all the game days until Game 4. That is the worst case scenario where all games will sweep, 4-0. Of course they won't. But it is easier to:
- assume it, then it does not happen, you still have some tier-2 players available
- not assume it, then it happens, now you lost chance to pick a tier-1 player
The probabilities say those sweeps will never happen, but if you've followed this blog for a long time, you know sweeps do happen and people do lose chances of picking certain big players.
[I actually started explaining each choice and erasure, but I hit the backspace button on them three paragraphs in. I think it's best to explain those in the comments. Just ask specific ones if you are curious, hehe! But I should mention that the question marks are there because I still think the Blazers and Cavaliers will advance to Round 2.]
Anyways I should explain at least briefly why all the picks for Game 2s:
- Goran Dragic. I really wanted to use Aldridge at home in Texas, so I am forcing a Heat pick here. This is a bad matchup for Whiteside (12 minutes, no Embiid no Whiteside), and Olynyk does not seem to be a guy who will have another 35-PRA game. Dragic was average in Game 1, but I know he needs to elevate his game in Game 2.
- John Wall. Now that I saw Game 1 and found that the Raptors mean business this year, it's time to use him before he gets hurt. Noone here wants anyone to get hurt, but injuries do happen when you least expect them. Besides, it's time to mine the Wizards for picks so I can have slack to pick Beal later.
- Karl-Anthony Towns. He was quiet offensively in Game 1 and with only 9 attempts. I know Coach Thibs will adapt. C'mon, it's just Clint Capela! (If Clint reads this, look at him go 7 blocks and 20 rebounds haha!)
Good luck with your picks!