By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It’s been said that 2020 will be a year that we all will remember for a long time. There’s been COVID-19, social justice up-risings, and major changes in the sports world.
This will be known as “The Bubble” Championships as NBA team gathered in Orlando in isolation from the world of COVID.
After finishing with the best record in the Western Conference (52-19) the Lakers worked their way into the teams 32nd final and the first since 2010.
They began the current playoff run with an opening game loss to Portland then winning three straight. Against Houston there was a game one loss followed by an eight-point win before clinching the series. In the conference final a stubborn Denver team didn’t win until game three. They came back with a six-point win in game four before finishing the series.
The first two games verses the Heat were a walk in the park with wins by 18 and 10 points.
The game two win saw Anthony Davis drop in 32 points and LeBron James had 33 which prompted memories of the greatest combo in Lakers history.
The Heat’s Jimmy Butler was having none of that as in game three with a 115-104 win over the Lakers. He dropped in 40 points as part of a triple double. He also became the first player according to Elias Sports Bureau to have more points, rebounds and assist than Lebron James in a finals game.
“Love it, love it,” said James after the big game by Butler. “For me personally he’s one of the best competitors we have in the game we love the opportunity. I don’t know how many opportunities I’m going to have to go against a fierce competitor like that. It is something I’ll be able to look back on when I’m done playing.”
With the Lakers holding a 2-1 series lead game four saw Lebron drove to the hoop and scored 28 points, grab 12 rebounds and had 8 assist. The Lakers came away with a 102-96 win to take a 3-1 finals series.
Anthony Davis chipped in with 22 points and nine rebounds including a 3pointer with just under a minute in the game to seal the deal. The Lakers are going for their 17th World Title which would tie them with the Boston Celtics for the most all-time.
“The job is not done we’re going to get a lot of treatment and prepare ourselves mentally for the next game,” said James. “We all know what’s at steak.”