On Wednesday the 2020 NBA Finals commence between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. The Lakers punched their ticket by beating the Denver Nuggets, 4 games to 1. The Heat reached the Finals by outplaying the Boston Celtics, 4 games to 2. Both ball clubs have a serious shot at winning the Larry O'Brien trophy. Yet, only one can. So let's break it down.
In what should be a Finals match-up brimming with interesting storylines, the Los Angeles Lakers will be facing a tough-minded, gritty squad from South Beach. The fifth-ranked Miami Heat, led by Jimmy Butler and their brilliant coach Erik Spoelstra, has overcome the odds, beating the more favored teams in the Eastern Conference.
If the Miami Heat fails to escape the Celtics, they lose every bit of momentum they worked hard to earn during the first two games. Unless this series extends to a Game 7, there's no doubt that the next match-up will be the most pivotal one during this year's Eastern Conference Finals face-off.
A mouth-watering match-up between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat awaits us in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Celtics secured their place by besting the 2019 champs the Toronto Raptors in a tough fought seven-game series. The Heat reached the Eastern Finals two games earlier than Boston, upsetting the number one seed Milwaukee Bucks four games to one.
However, there is one challenge that James has faced and overcome that he does not get credit for. This is adapting to the three-point era.
He has now got rid of the contracts of Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters in the space of exactly 12 months. He has officially traded the un-tradeable.
Miami Heat have acquired Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and James Johnson, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski.
But that has never been Jimmy’s MO it's all the other things that aren’t as flashy as scoring that has Miami sitting pretty currently in the 3rd seed in the tough Eastern Conference.
This offseason we have seen the Warriors dynasty get dismantled which had us thinking where do they rank amongst the all-time greatest dynasties?
Miami Heat have started the season 2-0, despite Jimmy Butler's absence. Beating the Memphis Grizzlies was one thing, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Saturday night was something else. The Bucks forced overtime thanks to a Giannis Antetokounmpo field goal at the buzzer, but Miami snatched the win with Antetokounmpo fouling out in OT.
It wasn’t supposed to happen, we’re not sure how it happened. But Pat Riley managed to work his magic yet again, leaving the Miami Heat looking like a lock for the playoffs during a summer in which nothing was expected, and certainly not of that magnitude.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is no market for Cousins. The four-time All-Star received the mid-level exception with the Warriors last season, but Wojnarowski added that he may not even get that despite expecting a hefty one-year deal when free agency began.
Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat are fighting it out for the final playoff spot with just two games remaining in the NBA regular season.
Miami Heat are trading Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson to the Phoenix Suns for Ryan Anderson, per John Gambadoro.
Two NBA greats weigh in on the Jimmy Butler situation.