Updated: Nov 11, 2020
The Los Angeles Lakers find themselves with a 2-0 lead against the Miami Heat in what has not been a very competitive series. The Lebron James and Anthony Davis combination has been too much for the Heat to handle up to this point.
While most of the credit can be placed on Los Angeles for how the two stars are leading them, injuries have been an issue on the Miami side of things. In the first game of the finals Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Goran Dragic all wound up getting injured. While Jimmy Butler was able to continue playing in that game and then the next one, the other two were not able to start. Both players are listed as doubtful for game three, although they insist on wanting to play.
For the Lakers, it has been a return to glory for them. Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo are showing flashes of how they used to play in their primes in years prior. Howard has started both games so far and has been disruptive and energetic as usual in however way he can. Dwight has been unstoppable on the glass, both offensive and defensive, and altering or blocking shots with frequency. As far as Rajon Rondo goes, he has been the floor general and secondary playmaker that the Lakers have needed. His passing and control of the offensive end has put players in the right place for many plays and puts others in the perfect position to thrive.
With all the good things going for the Lakers, it would be easy to look over a glaring issue that stands out for them. Two key wing players have not been able to play to the level fans became accustomed to seeing. Those two players being Danny Green and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Shooting a combined 3-19 on three point attempts is unacceptable at this level and stage in the season, especially with the great looks both have seen.
Lebron James and Anthony Davis have continued to sustain a high level of play. Both players combined for over 65 points in a game where Davis shot over 75% from the field with his 15-20 performance. Near triple double once again from the king with nine rebounds and assist respectively. The Heat are going to have to find an answer rather quickly if they hope to get back into this series before it is too late.
The next game of the finals is set for Sunday, October 4, 2020. Game three must be a win for the Miami Heat as they look to avoid going down 3-0 in the series.