Los Angeles Lakers (1-0) VS Miami Heat (0-1)
NBA FINALS GAME 2
Big man Anthony Davis led the Lakers with a game high 34 points. Davis also added 9 rebounds. LeBron James was an assist shy of getting a triple double, putting in a stellar 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists. The game was over when the Lakers went on a 62-28 run after being down 23-10. The Laker bench was bringing it with 31 points. Alex Caruso led the bench with 10, Markief Morris put in 8 and Rajon Rondo had 7 points.
The Heat meanwhile saw starting PG Goran Dragic and starting C Bam Adebayo go down with injuries. Dragic was listed as day to day with a foot injury, while Adebayo left game 1 with a shoulder injury. He too was listed as day to day. The lone bright spots for the Heat were Jimmy Butler and Kendrick Nunn. Butler scored 23 on 8/13 shooting while Nunn came off the Heat bench to score 18 in 20 minutes of play. Rookie sensation Tyler Herro shot a dismal 6/18 from the floor and the Heat were -35 with him on the court.
For the Heat to come back in Game 2, they’re going to have to chase the Lakers away from the 3’s, they’re going to need to muscle up on Anthony Davis using either Bam Adebayo or Kelly Olynyk. Andre Iguodala and Jimmy Butler are to going to have to do a better job of trying to contain LeBron James. The Heat are also going to need to shoot much better from 3 point land. Miami shot a horrendous 11/35 from beyond the arc in the first game and that’s a recipe for disaster against the Lakers.
For the Lakers to win Game 2, they’re going to need to play better at the onset of the game. In game 1, they allowed themselves to get down by 13 early. While they absorbed Miami punch and ran away with the game, that doesn’t mean the Lakers should do so again. The Lakers should look to put the Heat away early and play their brand of basketball right away.
Let’s hope for a closer and more competitive game.