The current year of NBA playoffs is awesome. The reigning champions the Toronto Raptors were eliminated. The Philadelphia 76yers didn`t make it beyond the 1st round. Heat and Lakers ended up as their conference winners. Now those two are in the middle on their rival with a record of 3-1 in favor of the Lakers. Both have more than enough men of influence.
Jimmy Butler was the Heat’s indisputable MVP in the 3rd winning set with 40 points scored in a 115-104 game. The Lakers took them over in the 4th game, but a 96-104 game is still very close. Butler scored 22 points, Tyler Herro scored 21, Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo scored 17 and 15, subsequently.
Several valuable Heat players are suffering from injuries. Adebayo is seriously disrupted by his strained neck, and Goran Dragic remained on the bench for the 3rd game in a row due to his torn ligament. You all know that the Heat won`t fully unleash their potential without Dragic on the court. Don`t forget about Jae Crowder, a good 3-point shooter and also a top-class defender who may play his role quite soon.
Los Angeles Lakers
It`s not necessary to outline the two main Lakers MVPs who compete for the place on the gaming Olympus. James was an undisputed MVP and scored 28 points in the previous game. Davis scored 22, but it was he who landed the final 3-pointer 40 seconds before the bell which made all the difference in the outcome.
Apart from these top-2 players, there are also more men of great value to the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is both a premium 3-point shooter and has impressive defense skills, he scored 15 points recently. Danny Green scored 10 points. Rajon Rondo might not be as catchy as the rest, he`s been a perfect substitution for James against the Nuggets, and allowed the Lakers to outscore their opponents during the playoffs. Let`s also not forget Dwight Howard with his excellent offensive rebounding that is especially important against the Heat.
Miami has the last chance to fight for the championship on Friday, October 9. The 4th set was close and if Miami gets itself together and at best returns back Goran Dragic, they`ll have all the opportunities to fight back. If not, James and Davis won`t hesitate to score their 30 points each and leave the opponent with nothing but valuable experience.
Also, you can read 2020 NBA finals recap.