The 2020 NBA playoffs have been great so far. The last year champs the Toronto Raptors were outplayed by the Boston Celtics. The Philadelphia 76yers failed to progress beyond the first round. The Conference finals were won by the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. Those two are in the middle on their rival with a record of 3-1 in favor of the Lakers. The list of the most valuable players from each team is presented below.
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that the 3rd game in the finals was won by the Heat with Jimmy Butler being an undisputable MVP with 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in a 115-104 game. The Heat lost the 4th game, but it was 102-96, which is quite close. 22 points were scored by Butler, 21 scored from Tyler Herro, 17 and 15 subsequently were scored by Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo. Both Adebayo and Goran Dragic are suffering from injuries. The first one is being seriously slowed by his strained neck and Dragic remained on the bench for the 3rd game in a row due to his torn ligament. You all know that Heat won’t fully unleash their potential without Dragic on the court. Don’t forget about Jae Crowder. He’s not only a good 3-point shooter, but he’s good at defense which may play it’s role. What about the Los Angeles Lakers?
Los Angeles Lakers
It won’t be necessary to outline two main Lakers MVPs who are fighting one another for the place on the Olympus. LeBron James was scoring well in game 4 – 28 points, 12 assists, and 8 rebounds. Antony Davis wasn’t as productive this time with only 22 points scored. Note, that it was Davis who scored the final 3-pointer when it was less than 40 seconds left till the end which let the Lakers win this set. Apart from James and Davis, there are also players of great value to the Lakers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green are runners up and have scored 15 and 10 points respectively. Caldwell-Pope is both a premium 3-point shooter and really good at defense. Rajon Rondo might not be as catchy as the rest, he’s been a perfect substitution for James during the Conference Finals and allowed the Lakers to outscore their opponents by 6.4 points/100 possessions average during the playoffs. And of course, let’s not forget Dwight Howard and his excellent offensive rebounding that is especially important against the Heat.
Friday will be the last chance for the Miami Heat to fight for the championship. The 4th game was really-really close and if Miami gets itself together and at best Goran Dragic gets to return, they have all the chances to fight back. If not, James and Davis won’t be waiting for long to score their 30 points each and leave the opponent with nothing but valuable experience.
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