When I did my NBA Finals preview blog I was torn on who to wager on for MVP, I eliminated the big favorites, Kobe, Pierce, Pau and went with a long shot who was capable of having a big finals after his monster Cleveland series, Kevin Garnett +1250. Before last night it has been a seesaw series with neither flexing until last night when the Truth finally had his break out game. Game One saw Kobe drop 30 but Pau dominated KG and company down low while contributing 23-13, early sexy MVP pick Pau. Game 2 was Jesus Shuttlesworth’s day has he had the record-breaking 8 three’s and dropped 32 points, but has contributed as much as Brian Scalabrine since G2. Games 3 and 4 are a toss-up, Derek Fisher had that crucial 2nd half in G3, finishing with 16 points and clutch shots down the stretch, KG finally showed flashes 11-16 for 25 in the loss. Game 4 was the Donkey/Shrek show, the Celtics bench lead by Baby (18-5) and @nate_robinson (12-2 steals) kept the first team playing the role of cheerleader most of the 2nd half, Kobe had 33 but a was a minus 8 on the floor in the loss. And finally the Truth (27 points) had his strongest game since game 6 of the Magic series last night, withstanding haymakers from Kobe 38 points (19 3rd quarter points). So after 5 games I say Ed Lacerte may be the front runner for Finals MVP for keeping these old dogs healthy enough to keep playing, but since team trainers don’t qualify, I am clueless to who wins this. If my guy opened up the odds again I still don’t I could pick a winner, maybe Kobe in case LA wins or Rondo because he’s been the best player all playoffs? Who knows.
If you had to pick or place a bet now who be your choice for the NBA finals MVP?