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The NBA Finals are here and, oh boy, things are off to a reeeeeal rough start for the Miami Heat.

Is it too early to declare the NBA finals over series over already? Probably, but I’ll do it anyway: Lakers in 1.

NBA Finals: Lakers crush Heat in Game 1 🏀

NBA Finals: Lakers crush Heat in Game 1 🏀

The NBA Finals are here and, oh boy, things are off to a reeeeeal rough start for the Miami Heat. It was about as disastrous a Game 1 as the Heat could have imagined last night. Not only did they get pounded by the Lakers, 116-98, but they also saw multiple key players suffer injuries in the process.
Is it too early to declare this series over already? Probably, but I’ll do it anyway: Lakers in 1. You’re probably interested in hearing takeaways from someone a little more intelligent and reasonable, so let’s bring in Colin Ward-Henninger to do the job:
  • Welcome to the Finals, A.D.: Anthony Davis made his NBA Finals debut last night and he seemed quite ready to rise to the occasion. Davis dropped 34 points on 11-of-21 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds while dishing five assists
  • Heat injuries: What’s worse than losing Game 1 of the NBA Finals by 18 points? Okay, yes, losing by 19+ points, but think a little deeper. How about losing by 18 points and watching three of your best players get hurt? Bam Adebayo injured his shoulder in the third quarter and didn’t return. (Luckily, X-rays were negative.) Goran Dragic suffered a plantar tear in his left foot and may miss the rest of the seriesJimmy Butler suffered an apparent ankle injury in the first half but played through it the rest of the way
  • LeBron goes hunting: LeBron James seemed to make a conscious effort to really target Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson in this game. He exploited switches whenever he got the opportunity and the young Heat guys had a whole lot of trouble trying to handle James as he challenged them via iso
If you’re a Heat fan looking for good news, here’s about all I can give you: it doesn’t seem like Adebayo’s shoulder strain is going to keep him out of Game 2. Bam’s banged up right now — he also suffered a wrist injury in the series against the Celtics — but he plans to gut it out. Miami has to hope he can still be effective or else they’re screwed. He’s arguably their most important player in this series.
In any case, good luck to the Heat. They’re gonna need it.

 

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