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NEVER MIND
Posted by By Jon Loomer on May 16, 2006 10:51 a.m. ET

PROPS TO JOHN SCHUHMANN

Have you ever written something, hit submit, and then sometime later wish that you could press the rewind button on time? That's me. Huddled in the corner, lights off, phone cord pulled from the wall. If you want to talk to me, I know the first words out of your mouth will either be "Great night for Tony Parker," "How did Flip do last night?" or simply "Boooo hahahahaha!"

I know. I deserve it. Yesterday, I publicly called out NBA.com expert John Schuhmann for tabbing Tony Parker with his Expert Pick for the Drive to the Finals playoff fantasy game. Although not a horrendous pick, I said it was too risky. If the Spurs win and regain home court and potentially the series, you will be left with two good Spurs to use for the rest of the playoffs. That was my argument.

Sometimes, though, you just need to roll the dice. John Shuhmann and four of the other experts in our expert league did just that and pegged Parker last night. I, on the other hand, took the "safe route" and picked Flip Murray. Flip, of the seven points, two rebounds, and two assists. Brilliant on my part.

So, it was I who took the risk. Watching the games yesterday was like a train wreck to my fantasy ego. First, I was able to watch Flip sit most of the fourth quarter of his game and do very little overall. Not to mention, the Cavs won, meaning I may be forced to pick Cavs again if the Mavs win Game 5. And I have close to nothing left.

That was no fun. Then it got worse. Tony Parker scores 16 points in the first 18 seconds of the Mavs-Spurs game. It didn't take long for Parker to exceed my Flip. Even so, I had a false sense of comfort, thinking that the Spurs would win and in the end I wouldn't have significant regrets over the pick. Mavs win and elimination looms for the Spurs.

Ouch.

But, that's what makes this game beautiful, right? I can spend this entire space feeling sorry for myself, but I'll spare you. The truth is that the unexpected is what makes this year's playoffs and this particular fantasy game so exciting this season. Just when you think you have it figured out...

You don't.

Now what? Well, Jason Kidd is still the easy pick today. Make that pick -- or whomever you have left of the Nets between Kidd, Carter and Jefferson -- and don't look back. Tomorrow also becomes an easy pick now that the Spurs are down 3-1. I'm taking Duncan. Thursday depends significantly on what happens tonight. And Friday, I'm taking Parker if the Spurs make it that far. Otherwise, I'm crossing my fingers and going with Big Z.

At this point, however, we all take my picks with a grain of salt. So humor me while I strategize. And do everything that John Schuhmann says.