The series is 2 to 1 in favor of those of California, who will look with LeBron James, to obtain a third victory to be one step away from the title. Bam Adebayo is the great doubt for the Eastern champions
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Lebron James was champion with Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013 (USA TODAY Sports)
Sunday, Miami Heat he closed the gap in the NBA finals and put the series 2-1 against the Los Angeles Lakers , who had prevailed in the first two games held in the Disney bubble, Orlando. Now, the two best teams of the season meet again for the fourth game that can leave the outcome completely open or begin to sentence history.
At this time, the great doubt passes through the presence of the figure of the Eastern champions, Bam Adebayo , who on Monday had recognized that an injury could marginalize him from tonight's duel, but in the last hours several journalists specialized in the league they anticipated that it could be present. It is that the pivot knows that his absence, added to that of the Slovenian Goran Dragic, could definitely tip the balance in favor of the team led by LeBron James .
The European point guard, who suffered a tear in the left plantar fascia in the first game of the Finals, already had this physical problem since the previous qualifiers against the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics , which ended up worsening last Wednesday. dealing with a lot of pain, that's the biggest concern, “he said in a video conference. “I don't want to be a burden on the track for the team, I want to be the best that I can be.”
Bam Adebayo was present only in the first match (USA TODAY Sports)
The first game of the Finals could be fatal for the Heat since, in addition to registering a clear defeat against the Lakers, they suffered the injury of Dragic and Adebayo , two of their three best scorers along with Jimmy Butler. On Sunday, led by a plethora of Butler (40 points), they achieved their first win with which they cut the distance to 2-1 and maintain hopes of victory, which would increase if they could recover Dragic or Adebayo soon.
For his part, LeBron James , the Lakers superstar, tried to downplay Sunday's defeat (115-104): “We are not worried. We know that we can play much better. We have another chance to take a lead on Tuesday. “
James was close to the triple-double with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists but he also accumulated 8 of the 19 turnovers for his team, a very high figure for the Finals and for which he assumed responsibility as the main game director of the Lakers. “We can't do that, obviously, because we allow them more possessions. They are a very good team offensively, ”James said. “We cannot lose the ball against this team and I take full responsibility for this.”
20:00, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Ecuador
21:00, Chile, Venezuela and Bolivia
22:00, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
Schedule of the rest of the Finals:
Wednesday, September 30: Los Angeles Lakers to Miami Heat 116-98
Friday, October 2: Los Angeles Lakers to Miami Heat 124-114
Sunday, October 4: Miami Heat to Los Angeles Lakers 115-104
Tuesday, October 6: Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers
Friday, October 9: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat
Sunday, October 11: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers (if necessary)
Tuesday, October 13: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (if necessary)
With information from AFP