Drive to the Finals Expert Pick: Shaquille O’Neal
By Jon Loomer
June 14 - Do we really need to put much thought into this today?
And, yes, I know that "fantabulational" isn't a word. He was so great that we had to create a new word to describe the performance.
Next up? No doubts about this one either. It's Shaquille O'Neal.
It helps that Wade's nifty (yeah, nifty doesn't work either) 57 PRA on Tuesday reaffirmed our direction. We wanted to save the Heat's two best players for home games. One down, one to go.
It was also nice to see Shaq bounce back and have a more productive game. He was involved early in the passing game, dishing out five assists on the night.
There was a time when Shaq was known as a passing center. He averaged 1.9 per game this season, nearly two assists down from his career high. He hadn't dipped below two since he matched the 1.9 in his rookie season. He had two assists through the entire Pistons series, but has already managed 12 in three games with the Mavericks.
So I like where this is headed. He may not be scoring much or hitting his free throws, but he's reestablishing himself in the passing game. That's a start.
Want more? Dwyane Wade scored 42 points in Game 3. In all likelihood, he won't do that again in Game 4. Someone else will need to step up to score some points. That player?
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