The Lakers will make their first Finals appearance since 2010 and are aiming for their 16th NBA championship in the history of their franchise.
Davis leads the team in playoff scoring averaging 28.8 points per game. He also has 9.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists. James is nearly averaging a triple-double with 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game averages. The dynamic duo has helped the team succeed and it will be up to players like Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Rajon Rondo to help finish the job in the bubble.
It won’t come easy.
Miami is led by veterans Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic but it’s been the kids who have been lighting up the basket in the playoffs.
Tyler Herro is averaging 16.5 points off the bench. He has yet to start in a single postseason game. Duncan Robinson is making 40% of his three-point shots. Bam Adebayo made a national name for himself in Game 1 vs. the Celtics when he blocked Jayson Tatum at the time. He’s averaging 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.
While the matchups will be interesting to watch, the storyline might be bigger.
James, who is entering his ninth NBA Finals in the last 10 years, will try to win a title over the coach, Erik Spoelstra, and owner, Pat Riley, he got his first ring with and then later spurned to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers. James has played 40 games against the Heat in his career and he’s averaged 28.2 points per game in that span.
James’ prowess on the floor will be highlighted throughout the series but the pressure is higher. He is still chasing Michael Jordan’s ring total, which has to be in the back of everyone’s mind. His fourth ring on his third team will certainly be a feat in itself.
Lakers Roster: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook and J.R. Smith
Heat Roster: Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Goran Dragic, Duncan Robinson, Solomon Hill, Andre Iguodala, Tyler Herro, Udonis Haslem, Kelly Olynyk, Derrick Jones Jr., Myers Leonard, Kendrick Nunn.
NBA FINALS SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
Game 1: Sept. 30 (9 pm; ABC)
Game 2: Oct. 2 (9 pm; ABC)
Game 3: Oct. 4 (7:30 pm; ABC)
Game 4: Oct. 6 (9 pm; ABC)
Game 5: Oct. 9 (9 pm; ABC)
Game 6: Oct. 11 (7:30 pm; ABC)
Game 7: Oct. 13 (9 pm; ABC)
LAST FIVE FINALS WINNERS
2019: TORONTO RAPTORS
The Raptors did the improbable in 2019 – they defeated the Golden State Warriors to win their first NBA championship. The defending champs saw stars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down which contributed to the Raptors’ win. Kawhi Leonard helped the team get over hump and bring one home to Canada.
2018: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The Warriors did it again in 2018. Three titles in four years. They were on top of the Western Conference in an almost inconceivable way.
2017: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The Cavaliers would get back to the Finals but fall to the Kevin Durant-led Warriors. He was X-factor the entire series and put a dent in the Cavs’ championship hopes.
2016: CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
The Cavaliers came back from 3-1 to win their first title. They knocked off the Cavaliers thanks to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s heroic performances. James made the block heard around the world and Irving delivered the game-winning shot. The Warriors finished 73-9 that season.
2015: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
The Warriors began their run of three championships in four years in 2015. Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala were the face of the run. It was the start of a tectonic shift in the NBA.