Pat Riley on Lakers’ NBA Finals win: There will always be that asterisk

Pat Riley: 'Asterisk' in NBA Finals due to injuries

Miami Heat president Pat Riley praised the Lakers’ title win but equally used the word “asterisk” when describing their six-game Finals victory – wondering what would have happened, had they been fortunate enough to utilise an injury-free roster during the series. Bam Adebayo (shoulder, neck) and Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) were sidelined, missing key minutes. Continue reading

NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers – Title still in sight

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After spoiling the Lakers’ championship coronation party in Game 5, Miami Heat hope to level the series at 3-3 during another elimination game here. LA are 48 minutes from their first NBA title since 2010 and a frenetic end to Friday’s loss will have posed questions – can they conclude the year here against a determined side hamstrung by injuries? Can LeBron James elevate his teammates again en route to a historic victory? Will Jimmy Butler and co take this to a Game 7?  Continue reading

NBA Finals – Heat 111-108 Lakers: Butler’s special showing forces a Game 6

Jimmy Butler keeps Heat alive with epic performance in Game 5 win

The trophy was ready, confetti and all. Yet the Los Angeles Lakers’ wait for another NBA championship continues into this weekend with Game 6 next on Sunday evening. Their two-game series lead was halved once more after another inspired Finals showing by Jimmy Butler and the short-handed Miami Heat – staring elimination in the face and rolling with the punches. Continue reading

NBA Finals Preview: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers – Plenty to play for

Lakers vs. Heat Game 3 recap: Jimmy Butler posts XX-XX-XX triple-double in  win to make series 2-1 - DraftKings Nation

Jimmy Butler recorded a historic 40-point triple-double, becoming only the third player in NBA Finals history to do so – as the Miami Heat delivered a defiant display, taking Game 3 with a nine-point margin against the Lakers. It’s made all the more impressive knowing that two of their stars – Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo – watched helplessly from the sidelines nursing injuries. Can they level the series, or will the Lakers restore their two-game advantage?  Continue reading

NBA Finals Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat – Injured but not out

Lakers vs. Heat Game 1 results: Anthony Davis, LeBron dominate in 116-98  win to open NBA Finals - DraftKings Nation

Anthony Davis had 34 points and LeBron James added 25 as the Los Angeles Lakers were rampant en route to an impressive Game 1 win vs. the Miami Heat in this year’s NBA Finals. Erik Spoelstra’s side have multiple niggling injuries – Goran Dragic (foot), Bam Adebayo (shoulder) and Jimmy Butler (ankle), but want to make necessary adjustments and shoot more efficiently than they did for Game 2. Will they tie up the series or can the Lakers take a 2-0 lead? Continue reading