The Los Angeles Lakers get a 116-98 victory against the Miami Heat in Game 1 with Heat starters receiving injuries.
Lakers fans have been treated to another dominating NBA Finals. LeBron James had a fantastic performance tonight with an almost triple-double after getting one last game with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists.
Anthony Davis almost had a double-double leading the team with 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and three blocks. The supporting cast of the Lakers also showed up with Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Alex Caruso scoring in double figures.
As for the Miami Heat, they were completely shut down for most of the game. Despite having a good run in the first few minutes of the quarter wherein at some point, they were up by 13 points.
Injuries loom the Heat underdogs
As NBA fans were expecting a good matchup between these two clubs, it looks like the narrative will change because of these unfortunate events. Goran Dragic injured his left foot during the game, and it might rule him out for the entire series.
Miami's Goran Dragic has suffered a plantar tear of left foot, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Besides, Bam Adebayo also hurt his shoulder in the third quarter, crashing hard into Dwight Howard as he drove into the lane. Jimmy Butler also played through an ankle injury with 23 points while Dragic and Adebayo combined only 14 points.
Goran Dragic (foot) and Bam Adebayo (shoulder) will not return tonight. pic.twitter.com/mah61WinJ2
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 1, 2020
There might be a hint of hope for this underdog team as Kendrick Nunn went in the game once again and put on an 18-point show in 20 minutes of playtime.
However, his unexpected spurt was not enough to keep them back in the ball game especially with Tyler Herro struggling off the bench scoring only 14 points at 6 out of 18 shooting.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra might have to find a way to adjust his lineups to keep their championship hopes alive.
James: “The job is not yet done”
The Lakers team was not complacent despite blowing out the battered Miami Heat squad in Game 1. LeBron James acknowledged how hard Miami plays as he told ESPN:
“They smacked us in the mouth and we got a sense of that. … From that moment when it was 23-10, we started to play to our capabilities.”
Additionally, he also looks forward to reviewing the tapes so they can close out better in the next game. It seems that he doesn’t want that first-quarter Heat run ever happen again.
As Miami Heat fans are anxiously waiting for updates for their star players, their absence in the next games will give the Lakers a higher chance of getting an easy path to the NBA championship.
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