I’m a bit of a rush tonight, so I will have to try and be brief with this recap. Sorry!
It was always going to be a near impossible feat for Miami tonight. They fought valiantly in the absence of Dragic and Adebayo, but ultimately fell short, losing 124-114. Los Angeles now lead 2-0 in the series, the first time LeBron has ever had a 2-0 lead in the finals.
James and Davis continued to lead the way and remain neck in neck for the finals MVP award, assuming the Lakers go on to win. James was that close to a triple double again, scoring 33 points to go along with 9 rebounds and assists. Davis had 32 points and 14 rebounds. Davis shot an incredible 75% on the night, making 15 of his 20 attempts. Rondo also had a solid game, adding 16 points and 10 assists. Rondo connected on 3 of his 4 attempts from long range.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but I don’t think anyone else made a huge impact for L.A. Danny Green shot 12%. KCP was only just better at 18%. Kuzma scored 11 points on 37% shooting. Caruso had 6. Morris had 6. Howard had 6. I will give some credit to Dwight Howard, he made a pretty solid impact early on in this game.
Jimmy did everything he could to make up for the absence of Dragic and Bam. Butler finished with 25 points (41%), 13 assists and 8 rebounds. Olynk was shooting fairly well and had 24 points to go along with his 9 rebounds. Crowder only missed one shot and had 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Herro got the start for Dragic and scored 17 points, but never found his long range shot. Herro also had 7 rebounds. Robinson was largely absent offensively again. Iggy was perfect again, but only scored 7 points on 3 attempts. Nunn had 13. Leonard had 7.
The Lakers attempted 47 threes tonight. That’s a lot! Those kinds of numbers are to be expected though, especially with Miami playing the zone defense. The Lakers connected on 16 of them, which was enough to make Miami pay for it. Even though Miami shot the 3 at a higher percentage, Los Angeles were plus 15 from outside.
Offensive rebounds hurt Miami again and they were damaged by the second chance points. L.A. had 16 offensive rebounds, 10 more than Miami. Both teams shot around 50%, but the Lakers had an extra 26 shots tonight. They connected on exactly half of those. I think the second chance points were the main reason Miami lost tonight.
Miami obviously felt the loss of Dragic and Adebayo. They should be proud of the fact they only lost by 10. This series isn’t over, so hopefully they get everyone back for game 3. They also need players like Herro and Robinson to get it going.