The Heat is absolutely back to the wall. After a very large loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals last Wednesday (116-98), the players of the Florida franchise saw the Californians take a step closer to the Larry O’Brien Trophy with a second success in two games (124-114), which owes a lot to the duo of Anthony Davis (32 points, 14 rebounds) and LeBron James (33 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists) who, with more than 32 points each have achieved a performance unprecedented since that of the duo Shaquille O’Neal-Kobe Bryant in Game 3 of the 2002 NBA Finals. Led 2-0 in the series, the Heat players will no doubt have to believe in a miracle to erase such a deficit, a scenario which is not obvious and which has only happened 27 times in the history of the NBA play-offs out of 425 series during which a team led two victories to nothing.
The Heat has a precedent to believe in
Of these 27 overturned and stunning series, only four relate to the NBA Finals, the closest being the Cleveland Cavaliers title in 2016 against the Golden State Warriors. A franchise that, at the time, was led by a certain … LeBron James. But the precedent which should interest Erik Spoelstra’s men the most is that of the 2006 finals lost by the Dallas Mavericks after leading 2-0 against … the Miami Heat! With Dwyane Wade, Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning or Gary Payton in its ranks, the Florida franchise had failed to win on the floor of the teammates of Dirk Nowitzki and Jerry Stackhouse in the first two games in Texas before d ‘ string together four successes in a row, including a Homeric victory by one length in overtime in front of their home crowd in Game 5, before sealing the fate of a series that had started so badly in Game 6 on opposing soil. A return that will begin with a success this Sunday in Game 3 because, in the event of a third defeat in a row, such a comeback has never been made in the history of the NBA.
Spoelstra does not intend to give up yet
To hope to overthrow the Lakers, the Heat will have to find a solution to counter the strike force represented by Anthony Davis and LeBron James. For this, returns from injuries to Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic could be one of the keys, but without taking the slightest risk with their state of health. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra is not planning on giving up, nor are his players. “You know, I love these guys. I like the way they compete, the latter said in comments collected by AP. We have to find a way to overcome all of this and get back to the top. For Jimmy Butler, the key to a victory against this Lakers team could be aggressiveness. “Maybe we just have to play a lot harder, to be aware that this is how we can snatch a victory, assures the back or winger of the Heat in comments collected by AP. There’s not much to tell our guys, we know what to do. “Lessons that will have to be implemented as quickly as possible, before it is too late.