Lakers Blowout Heat in Game 1 as Miami Suffers Key Injuries in Loss
What a lopsided affair.
After smooth-sailing all the way to the NBA Finals, everything went wrong for the Miami Heat in Game 1.
They got absolutely torched. The final score was 116-98, but the game looked far worse. Miami had zero answer for Anthony Davis and LeBron James who combined for 59 points, 22 rebounds, and 14 assists. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar duo finished the game with +23 and +10 net ratings respectively.
If the blowout loss wasn’t bad enough, it came at a cost.
Miami's Goran Dragic has suffered a plantar tear of left foot, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
Goran Dragic, who has been – to put it lightly – balling out of his mind inside of the bubble suffered a torn plantar fascia. While he has not been ruled out for the remainder of the series, the injury means that one of the key pieces to the Heats’ magical playoff run will at the very least be severely hampered. Moreover, All-Star Bam Adebayo suffered a shoulder strain and did not return to the game. His status for Game 2 and the remainder of the season remains in question.
“You never want to see a guy get hurt,” said Davis following the Lakers Game 1 win. “Goran and Bam are key parts of their team. We never want to see guys go down.”
But wait, there’s more!
Jimmy Butler appeared to have sprained his ankle near the end of the first half, but was able to finish out Game 1. He will surely be a go for Game 2, but the Lakers will definitely keep in mind that they will be facing a compromised Heat team moving forward.
Game 2 goes on Friday and all of a sudden it feels like the Heat find themselves in an insurmountable hole. Then again, we’ve seen crazier things in sports in 2020 alone.