“Miami won’t just be spanked if LeBron and Davis are good” | NBA


The final will start in the NBA next night. Top favorite LA Lakers takes on underdog Miami Heat. Sporza gauged the expectations of PlaySports journalist and basketball commentator Dennis Xhaët. He expects a very nice final.

“Miami players work very hard for each other”

The LA Lakers of LeBron James have always been one of the favorites for the NBA title. Miami’s presence in the final may be surprising. “A surprise because they only finished 5th in the Eastern Conference, that’s right. But also no surprise, because Miami was the best team in the East since the competition resumed,” says Dennis Xhaët.

“When you see how they play, how it clicks on the field, how they work for each other and how they fit together, it is no surprise that they are in the final. With Erik Spoelstra they also have one of the best coaches in the game. the NBA. “

Who is the Miami star? “They don’t have a real superstar, unless you want to call Jimmy Butler a superstar. They do have some great young talents like Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Bam Adebayo. They have risen above themselves and are better than we imagined.”

With Goran Dragic, Miami has a fantastic leader. You really shouldn’t underestimate his role.

Dennis Xhaët

“I do wonder how those young people will react now that they are in the final. Will they be impressed by the circumstances? Normally you will have the extra media attention and the long journeys in the final. That will all be there now. Everything will remain very recognizable. That could help them make it easier. “

“With Goran Dragic, Miami also has a fantastic leader, who is playing great. You really should not underestimate his role. If he is good, the team is good. He is one of the secret weapons of the team.”

“Everyone in that team also embraces the” Miami culture “to work hard for the team. You can see that in that team.”

“Very impressed with Miami”

Has Miami impressed more than the LA Lakers so far? “People are now saying the Lakers shouldn’t have been up against the LA Clippers. That’s right, but they’ve played against the side that beat the Clippers: the Denver Nuggets.”

“The Nuggets have played great in the playoffs, it wasn’t a gift to compete against that. I don’t think it was that much easier for the Lakers than for Miami.”

“But as a team I am very impressed with Miami. They are all players with little experience in the play-offs, but they are doing great. It was also impressive how often and how quickly Miami has always adapted. Coach Spoelstra is really a master at that. “

“LeBron and Anthony Davis play really well”

As much as Miami has impressed, the LA Lakers still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis. “Two of the top five players in the NBA. Miami just doesn’t have that,” said Xhaët.

“They are the key to the LA Lakers. That is a gigantic indoor header, but that’s the way it is. Of course you have” role-players “like a Rondo or Howard who will also have to play their part in the final, but it starts. and all ends with Davis and James. “

“Yet it is not the case that Miami will be killed when those two Lakers are on level. Miami as a team is just too strong for that. But they both play so incredibly well that they will clearly leave their mark. And as well as the defense of the team. the Lakers is in good shape, the fans can really believe in it. “

“Expect a very nice final”

The Lakers are considered a favorite by everyone. Where is the key for Miami to defeat LeBron James and co? “The young guests will have to show up and not be impressed by the circumstances”, it sounds.

“And they have to keep playing team basketball and give the ball to who is well in the match. If someone thinks that he should become the hero because they are now in the final, then it is all over. But with Spoelstra as coach, who already has I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. I expect a very nice final. “

If anyone at Miami thinks he should be the hero because they are now in the finals, then it’s gone.

Dennis Xhaët

“No home advantage creates purer power relations”

Finally, how different was basketball in the Florida bubble so far? “There are no supporters, but it is all beautifully portrayed. You hardly miss it, although I start to miss it more the further we get into the play-offs. Such a game winner from Doncic for example, that is completely different with an audience. “

“In terms of intensity and game quality, we have really had nothing to complain about. The level is more than excellent and we have already seen fantastic duels.”

“The fact that there is no traveling now has made the balance of power purer. It doesn’t really matter whether you were 1st or 5th in the regular competition. There is no home advantage anymore. You should not underestimate that. Miami, for example, should not be in Boston. “That is completely different. The fight is more equal, it is now more about the pure basketball qualities.”

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