3 votes – Brandon Jennings. I don’t think I could have been more wrong about this Hawks – Bucks series. Not only did I tip the Hawks in 6, but after they convincingly set up their 2-0 lead I predicted the Bucks wouldn’t win another game. But instead they’ve won the past three games and are now on the verge of causing a very large upset. The one thing I was right about, is predicting Brandon Jennings would make a name for himself this series. In the last 20 seconds of this game when the Hawks were making their last desperate attempt for salvation, he was a perfect 4/4 from the line. He was the top scorer for the Bucks with 25 and set the tone by making his first 5 shots for the game. This guy just continues to amaze and surprise me. What will he do to try and clinch the series in Game 6?
2 votes – Deron Williams. Another incredible game from the MVP of these playoffs so far. But his 34-10-4 weren’t enough to secure victory for the Jazz, and neither was his 5-8 shooting from downtown. The Nuggets did not have an answer for him, and Coach Dantley admitted as much: “We played good defense on him, but he’s just a great basketball player.” With the way DW is playing, and the fact Nene looks set to miss Game 6 with a knee injury, I just cannot see the Nuggets surviving this series.
1 vote – Carmelo Anthony. It wasn’t his best game of the series, by a long way. But it was a gutsy performance by Melo who made up for his average shooting night by pulling down 11 boards and grabbing a couple of steals. He got a lot of help in this game – JR Smith hit some timely threes in the fourth, K-Mart played perhaps his best game of the series, Arron Afflalo didn’t miss a shot (5-5) and the Birdman finally came alive. But this team will only go as far as Camelo takes them, and he gets a vote for getting it done and avoiding elimination at home.