And then there were eight: Clippers, Lakers, Heat, Pacers, Spurs, Thunder, Celtics and Sixers.
Since the season is coming to a close, the time has come to look back on our pre-season picks, and either congratulate or ridicule those of us who knew what we were talking about, and those who didn’t have a clue.
Currently, in last place, we have J-Dub, with 2 points. The kid can write, and he knows more about Jamie Moyer than anyone else in the room, but he cannot pick games to save himself. It’s time to sell that crystal ball, boss, although I bet you look pretty damn good in one of those swami hats. Despite being the only person in this year’s contest (surprisingly) to pick both the Oklahoma City Thunder to win it all and Kevin Durant as Finals MVP, he did so poorly in every other category (he only got one question right!), he cannot garner enough points to pass the current leader. No soup for you, Dub!
A special shout-out to James from Dallas Sports Rant, Alex from Die Hard Sport and Chappy from Doin’ Work who all chose teams to win the NBA Finals, but a player from a different team to win Finals MVP. Gentlemen, that generally does not happen. In fact, it’s only happened once in league history, 43 years ago, when Jerry West won Finals MVP but the Celtics won the actual Finals, but you already knew that. Ironically, Jamie can still win the contest if Dwayne Wade wins Finals MVP, despite having chosen the Knicks to win the Finals. Perhaps he’ll trade in his SportsChump prize pack for funds to take care of his delirium.
Chris Ross of Painting the Black also had Wade and the Heat but only four points out of a possible 39. That’s worse than Dwight Howard’s free-throw percentage.
Dan Cohn, the only family member to participate, fared fairly well, still has the Heat and LeBron for possible points, but currently stands one point behind me, who…. has also been eliminated because we stand well behind another person in the standings who also has LeBron and Miami. We’ll get to that person later.
Ronbets and Sports Attitudes have also gone fishin’ for the summer. They both have Heat and Wade but not enough points to surpass Jamie from Dallas Sports Rant. Once again, I’ll have to revise next year’s contest if a guy who chooses the Knicks actually wins the darned thing, even if Phil Jackson does come out of retirement to coach them. Oh, and Sports Attitudes can take comfort in the fact that he edged Ronbets out by virtue of the tiebreaker.
And Aero, a valiant effort, also still having LeBron and the Heat alive, but you’re behind someone else who does. Now, on to those who are still in contention.
Leave it to Bleed Purple and Gold to choose Kobe and the Lakers to win it all. I mean, who else would he choose? If Los Angeles (not the Clippers) does come out victorious AND Kobe wins Finals MVP, this tourney and trash-talking rights, are all Bleed’s.
Another homer, clear on the other side of the basketball spectrum, did NOT choose his Boston Celtics to win a title this year, but instead chose the, wait for it, Los Angeles Clippers. Snake can still win this thing if the Clippers win it all BUT Blake Griffin has to win Finals MVP. If that happens, he’ll end up in a tie with another contestant about to be mentioned who also has the Clippers but has Chris Paul winning MVP.
Okay, let’s stop beating around the bush, shall we? That contestant is Full Court Pest, proud founder of No Drama Hoops. He currently leads all of us with 23 points. Not bad, sir. But you’re done if the Clippers don’t win, or if the Heat or Lakers do. I’d start watching Billy Crystal movies now for good luck.
As I mentioned earlier, Jamie from Dallas Sports Rant can win only if Dwayne Wade wins Finals MVP due to his outstanding early prognosticative ability.
That leaves us with one contestant, ladies and gentlemen, who might just reign supreme once it’s all said and done. Aside from my immediate family, he is my most faithful reader. You know him as Tophatal. He is currently in second place with 20 points and has LeBron and Miami in the final two, untallied categories. Don’t take a bow yet, sir, Bosh is hurt and there’s plenty of basketball left to be played, BUT if Miami wins it all, which I predicted they will, LeBron’s going to have to step it up a notch. If that happens, a fabulous SportsChump prize pack, along with the pride of knowing you’ve bested us all in hoops knowledge, is deservedly yours. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.