Friday night’s game provided an example that talent can overcome heart.
Game two of the 2020 NBA Finals got underway as the talent levels of LeBron James and Anthony Davis came alive once more. They put on a show and helped the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Miami Heat 124-114.
James finished the game leading his team in scoring with 33 points along with nine rebounds, nine assists and did not commit any turnovers. Davis scored with 32 points on 75 percent shooting (15/20) and 14 rebounds; eight of them coming from the offensive boards.
Along with their stars performing, the Lakers dominated on the glass. When it was announced that Bam Adebayo was not going to play, they attacked the basket, providing with second-chance buckets opportunities. Los Angeles out rebounded Miami 44-37, but 16 of them were offensive rebounds to Miami’s six.
Losing both Adebayo and Goran Dragic, Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra had to switch up his lineup and defense. His squad came out and played a 2-3 zone throughout the contest, but the way to beat a zone is moving the ball around efficiently and fast. The Lakers stepped up to the challenge and performed well against it.
Los Angeles started strong and consistently played well for the entire game. Miami was struggling on defense and the adjustments made by halftime did not affect their opponents’ offense. The Heat never felt like they were out of the game, but at the same time, never had much of an opportunity to mount a comeback.
Miami’s Jimmy Butler played his best game of the series so far, putting up a double-double (25 points and 13 rebounds) and shot over 90 percent from the charity stripe (11/12). Kelly Olynyk came off the bench and played 37 minutes, scoring 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Tyler Herro became the youngest player in NBA history to crack the starting lineup in an NBA Finals. He played better than his game one performance, but the Lakers’ defense is still giving the rookie a hard time.
The Miami Heat are displaying a great deal of heart in their game, especially considering Dragic and Adebayo did not play in game two. However, more is needed as they’re going up against arguably the top duo in the NBA.
With the dominance from the Lakers’ Davis, who is the frontrunner for Finals MVP at the moment, paired with James the greatest player of this generation, Miami will need to muster up more than heart if they’re going to turn the tide in this series.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals is set to be Sunday night at 7:30 pm.