Drive to the Finals Expert Pick: 5/16/07
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By Dave McMenamin

In 10 playoff games this postseason, Jason Kidd has two triple-doubles.

However, in 10 playoff games this postseason, Jason Kidd averages a triple-double.

He has dropped in 136 points, 110 rebounds and 117 assists in 10 games, yet his team has only won one out of the last four. Meaning that New Jersey faces a 3-1 deficit with a road game in Cleveland. Meaning tonight is do or die.

The good news is, picking him tonight was as big of a no-brainer as saying yes to free re-fills on your fountain soda when you're out to dinner.

Kidd will be first-ballot Hall of Famer. He might be the most unique talent in the league today. How many other point guards could you even fathom grabbing 17 rebounds in a playoff game. Seriously, go ahead and think about it. I'll wait ...

There is nobody else. It's like that song I used to have to sing in sixth grade chorus:

"There's nobody else like you
You can search the whole world through
You'll find that these words are true-ooh
There's nobody else, nobody else, there's nobody else but you-ooh"

And that's Jason Kidd.

I have to admit, I used to call him "Ason Kidd" because he had no "J," but I'm forgetting about that. A DTF No. 1 world ranking is in reach for us experts. Who cares if his shot is as shaky as an unmedicated Michael J. Fox?

He could go 0-for-15 and still easily rack up a 25 PRA.

So, tonight is the night.

Personally, I need to bounce back from picking Stephen Jackson and only getting a 22 after having Antawn Jamison the previous week and racking up 39.

JKidd will give me that redemption.

And in the process, he just might extend the series for himself.

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Jason Kidd, NJN

When: Wednesday, May 16 at 8 p.m. ET
Opponent: at New Jersey
Pts: 13.6 Reb: 11.0 Ast: 11.7
Average PRA: 36.3

Yesterday's Pick: Matt Barnes, GSW (20 PRA)
Expert Pick Playoffs Total: 866
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