The team of LeBron James and Anthony Davis leads the series 3-1 and with a win they will secure the championship.
The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James have all the elements to celebrate a historic triumph in the NBA Finals this Friday, wearing the uniform designed by Kobe Bryant that has served as an amulet. But in front of them they have a Miami Heat determined to spoil the party.
The West Coast Team dominates the series 3 to 1 and in the fifth game that takes place this Friday from 22 in Argentina has the first of three opportunities to conquer the 17th title in their history, with which they would equal the record of their once bitter rivals: the Boston Celtics. The game is televised on ESPN.
If champions are enshrined, they would end the glamorous franchise’s biggest championship drought, as their previous celebration dates back to 2010, when Bryant added his fifth ring with the Lakers.
Miami took the first quarter 25-24 and then went into halftime winning 60-56. Jimmy Butler he had 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. LeBron, 21, 4 and 3.
Within 5 minutes of the third quarter, a Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer led to a 70-70 equality. But the Heat were back in front and the shooters joined in the scoring Duncan Robinson Y Tyler Herro. The Lakers were overly reliant on James and Davis and went 88-82 down in the last quarter.
It seemed that Miami had it dominated with its shots, but the Lakers should never be written off. They took advantage of every other mistake with goals and a triple by Caldwell-Pope sent them to the front at the end 97-96, 6m20 from the end.
Of course, the parity would remain until the end. Duncan Robinson nailed another triple for the Heat’s 101-99. And it began the goal to goal of LeBron and Butler. One here, one there. Awesome.
To give even more symbolism to a possible victory, the Lakers changed their plans and dressed again this Friday the special “Black Mamba” T-shirt they used in the second game and did not plan to resume until an eventual seventh game.
“It means more than just a uniform LeBron said Thursday. It represents an individual who gave the franchise 20 years of his blood, sweat and tears and his dedication to his work, both on and off the court, to make this franchise proud of him, and hopefully vice versa. “
This dark t-shirt is made with a type of material and pattern that simulates the skin of a snake. The idea for the design was given by Kobe himself in 2016. That year the 30 NBA franchises agreed to create new jerseys in homage to their cities and the Lakers asked the recently retired Kobe to advise the Los Angeles edition.
After the death of Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, the Lakers recovered this uniform for the playoffs in the Disney World “bubble” and with it they do not know defeat after four games.
“Every time we put on this shirt – it’s his shirt, one he created – we want to win,” stressed Anthony Davis, the other Los Angeles figure.
Beyond the clothing, the antecedents consolidate the Lakers’ favoritism to win the championship, since no team that did not have LeBron James has managed to overcome a 3-1 deficit in the finals in all history.
This feat has only been accomplished by the ‘King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, against the mighty Golden State Warriors.
James, who will turn 36 in December, is almost a guarantee of success Also at the time of closing a series, since he has won 17 of the last 18 games in which he could get it.
In the final tenth of his career, the forward has within reach to add his fourth title of the NBA and open a new chapter of triumphs for the Lakers, a requirement for any player, even LeBron James, who wants to inscribe his name in the memory of this franchise.