Lakers Grind Out Pivotal Game 4 Against Heat

LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Who said it was going to be all unicorns and rainbows for LeBron James and the Lakers?  Game 4 against the Miami Heat in the 2020 NBA Finals was nothing short of a long night’s work.  We’ve seen it before in every game except Game 2, where L.A. had their way.  Other than that, Miami has been able to stick around and remain in striking distance; they just haven’t struck much.

Game 4 featured Bam Adebayo, but no Goran Dragic.  We feel for Miami, but they’ve already proven that they have enough power to win games in this series.  One can only assume that Jimmy Butler would have to put up a 40-point triple double to give his Heat a chance (he produced 22 points, 10, rebounds, 9 assists in this one).  Anthony Davis would also have to go into hiding.  Both occurrences happening in the same game is just extremely unlikely.

With a 102-96 final score, the fourth quarter consisted of single digit leads and missed three-pointers all around.  Both squads ended up shooting less than 50% from the field with the Lakers at 44.3% and the Heat at 42.7%.  From the looks of it, one made three-pointer in either direction could have changed the entire scope down the stretch.  Also from the looks of it, the better team won out in the end.

Big props to Anthony Davis for icing the game with a dagger three to place the Lakers on top by 9 with less than 40 seconds to go.  This is what it’s all about, and this year’s final series could only hope to be a tiny bit more exciting.  It’s been great.  Catch Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals this Friday at 9 PM EST on ABC.

By Samuel

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