Round 2 Recap and Big Shot Bob Tourney Update

The conference finals are ending, and AGR will be sure to offer some thoughts on both series before the Finals begin, but before they end I wanted to look back at Round 2 (wasn’t that ages ago?) and evaluate the Big Shot Bob (Rob) Tourney standings.

Round 2: East

Heat-Pacers: In Game 1, LeBron was awarded his MVP trophy and the Heat won, but the injury gods intervened as Chris Bosh suffered a crippling abdominal strain. The Pacers won the next two games against a Bosh-less Heat to go up 2-1 (the first a nail biter in Miami and the second a blow-out in Indy) with solid team play. But with their backs against the wall, LeBron and Wade remembered that they were superstars and took a pivotal game 4 in Indiana, including a performance from LeBron (highlighted below) that was likely the best individual performance of the postseason to date. Miami never looked back and won in 6. Hero: LeBron James Goat: Injuries, again. Best Boxscore: LeBron had 40 pts, 18 reb, 9 ast, 2 stl, 2 blk in a pivotal Game 4 away win to avoid going down 3-1.

Celtics-Sixers: This series was 7 game rugby match between two of the leagues premier defensive teams. The first two games ended with 1-point margins. Although the Sixers stole Game 2 in Boston to tie the series, Boston marched into Philly and regained home court advantage with a Game 3 triumph. The series swayed back and forth going forward, ending in a Celtics Game 7 victory at home. Rondo masterfully controlled games throughout the series (he had 2 triple doubles) and the consistent play of Kevin Garnett on both ends of the floor was exquisite, and both of their efforts have carried through into the conference finals. Hero(s): Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. Goat: The Sixers’ offense. Best Boxscore: KG had 27 pts (12-17 FG), 13 reb, 4 ast and 1 TO in a pivotal Game 3 away win to go up 2-1.

Round 2: West

Lakers-Thunder: There isn’t as much to say about the West. The vastly superior Thunder got revenge on Artest and the Lakers (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then click here) and won in 5 games. There were a few close games, but the younger Thunder proved to be more clutch than the veteran Lakers, rallying late in games and shutting down the Laker offense. Hero: OKC’s poise. Goat: A fractured Lakers’ identity Best Boxscore: Durant had 31 pts (10-18 FG, 3-4 3pt) and 13 reb in a Game 4 away win to go up 3-1.

Spurs-Clippers: Sweep for the Spurs, again. Hero: Offensive beauty Goat: Excitement and suspense Best Boxscore: Blake Griffin had 28 pts (13-24 FG), 16 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 3 blk in a Game 3 loss.

The Status of the Big Shot Bob (Rob) Tournament after Round 2:

Before declaring the scores, I’m going to make a rule clear: the bonus points awarded for guessing the correct number of games is only awarded if the winner is correct AND the winner’s opponent is correct. And on that note…

1. Dan Leifer (56)
2. David Gold (54)
3. Ethan Frigon (53)
4. Tommy McCarthy (52)
5. Zach Mason (51)
6. Andrew Wise (49)
7. Jesse Gainsburg (48)
7. Izzy Gainsburg (48)
9. Dave Attewell (47)
10. Michael Eppler (46)
10. Chris Nolop (46)
12. Dickson Cohen (44)
13. James Choca (41)

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