The Los Angeles Lakers crushed their opponents in these NBA playoffs and reach the grand final of the 2019/20 season hungry for a title that has not come since 2010. The Californian team knocked out Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets with three finals 4-1, and, in the cradle of stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, goes in search of his 17th title, which may have special flavor. If the party is purple and yellow, the Californian team matches the historic rival Boston Celtics in number of achievements.
The Miami Heat ran out, surprised and reached the final with the pomp of being the team that brought down the Milwaukee Bucks from MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. In addition, he defeated the talented team of the Boston Celtics. If they complete a third feat and shock the NBA by beating the Lakers, the Heat will be the first team since the 1995 Rockets to win a title having qualified to the knockout in 5th or lower.
What’s up? Who will lead this dispute? Find out all about the final that will shake the bubble in Orlando!
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(1st West) Lakers 0 x 0 Heat (5th East)
Match 1: Wednesday, 9/30, Lakers v Heat, 10 pm
Match 2: Friday, 2/10, Lakers v Heat, 10pm
Jogo 3: Domingo, 4/10, Heat x Lakers, 20h30
Game 4: Tuesday, 6/10, Heat x Lakers, 10pm
Jogo 5*: Sexta, 9/10, Lakers x Heat, 22h
Jogo 6*: Domingo, 11/10, Heat x Lakers, 20h30
Game 7 *: Tuesday, 10/13, Lakers vs. Heat, 10pm
Who’s who in the grand final
The Los Angeles Lakers passed smoothly through Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets. In the three series, he dispatched his opponent in just five games. In addition to having two superstars like LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the team is very balanced. Both in defense and in attack, they are among the five most efficient teams of the 16 that disputed the playoffs. The team has an imposing rotation of the bottle, and in the perimeter has competent defenders, such as Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso and Danny Green.
If in the West the Denver Nuggets was the great sensation of the playoffs to get two turns coming out of a 3 to 1, in the East who made noise was the Miami Heat. The Florida team defeated MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s mighty Milwaukee Bucks and took down the Boston Celtics to reach the final. This is thanks to a strong collective game in which both Butler and Adebayo, Dragic and Herro are able to change a match. The volume in the pitches of three and the good defensive transition are other assets of the team.
Time base dos Lakers:
LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, Markieff Morris e Anthony Davis.
Time base do Heat:
Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo.
The numbers of Lakers and Heat in the playoffs
|L.A. Lakers||Miami Heat|
|Offensive efficiency||115.6 (2º)||113.4 (4º)|
|Defensive efficiency||107.8 (5º)||108.9 (7º)|
|FG%||49.8 (1º)||45.9 (7º)|
|3P%||35.5 (12º)||35.7 (11º)|
|Bounces||43.7 (8º)||42.9 (11º)|
|Assists||25.9 (1º)||25.1 (3º)|
|Stolen||8.5 (3º)||7.5 (4º)|
|Tocos||5.7 (1º)||4.1 (8º)|
Retrospect in the regular season
In the two times the teams met in the regular season, the Los Angeles Lakers won both. On the 8th of November, a great defensive display and victory by 90 to 85. On the 13th of December, another Lakers triumph, by 113 to 110. It is worth mentioning that as the teams never faced each other in playoffs, this is an unprecedented final in NBA.
How did they get to the final?
Los angeles lakers
After having the best campaign of the West in the regular season, the LA Lakers won the three playoff duels 4-1 (against Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets).
The team led by Jimmy Butler was only the 5th best campaign in the East. In the playoffs, he swept the Pacers 4-0, beat the Bucks 4-1, and eliminated the Celtics 4-2.
It is not a simple task to point out the great individual duel of the final. Bam Adebayo and Anthony Davis promise to shake the bottle from the first to the last quarter of the series. LeBron James and Jimmy Butler, however, will focus the spotlight not only on being very talented, but also for their leadership roles.
LeBron James e Jimmy Butler – NBA — Foto: Getty Images
In the so-called “heads-up”, LeBron may even have an advantage in the attack, but when defended by Butler, he will find an opponent who fears no one, is bold and very strong mentally. At decisive moments, who will have a cooler head?
LeBron James e Jimmy Butler – Playoffs 2020
|Points / FG%||Bounces||Assists||Tocos||Efficiency|
|LeBron James||26.7 / 54.7%||10.3||8.9||1.0||29.6|
|Jimmy Butler||20.7 / 45.7%||5.7||4.5||0.6||21.1|
👀💡 Factors to keep an eye on 👀💡
The Heat and the mission to hold LeBron and Davis
LeBron James and Anthony Davis combine for an average of 55.5 points per game in the playoffs. King James, we have no doubt, will keep his game at a high level. The star has an average of 28.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game in the finals.
This will be a great challenge for the Heat and its defense by zone. Adebayo, who evolved defensively in the playoff, will play a crucial role in the series when trying to stop Davis, the Lakers’ basket in the playoffs with 28.8 points per game.
Lakers and the mission to circumvent the defensive transition of the Heat
The Los Angeles Lakers shines when they have the opportunity to play in transition. It is the second playoff team with an average of points in this situation, 13.8 per game. To the relief of the Florida team, the Heat was one of the best playoff teams in a defensive transition, and took advantage of that to bring down the Milwaukee Bucks.
LeBron James in game 2 against the Blazers – Photo: Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images
Heat flickers at the end
In these playoffs, in general the Heat proved to be a team that took off in the first two quarters, but did not know how to maintain the level in the final two quarters. An example of this trend was game five against the Celtics, when the Florida team took 41 points in the third quarter alone. Against the Lakers, it will be essential to start and finish the games well.
Tyler Herro’s performance will be decisive for the Heat
The 20-year-old is the undisputed “x-factor” of the series. In game four of the East final against the Celtics, Herro showed his full potential by making 37 points. Except against the Lakers in the regular season he averaged just 7.0 points with 25% of shooting and 18% on three balls.
In the final, a player much more rotated compared to the regular phase will enter the court. If he manages to play half of what he played in the fourth game against the Celtics and consistently, Herro can give his team a chance to win the title.
Tyler Herro Miami Heat — Foto: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports