The Los Angeles Lakers recovered from being down by a 13-point first-quarter deficit, after LeBron James posted a near triple double performance with 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 9 assists, while Anthony Davis with the game-high 34 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists to win Game 1 over Miami Heat, 116-98.
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After a whole season of having a healthy Miami Heat team and full of resilience, wrong timing just simply happened where the stakes are high, as Heat nation were torn seeing its starters Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo, and Jimmy Butler attained injuries through the game.
Dragic has suffered a plantar tear in his left foot, which appeared to be the most serious after missing the second half of Game 1. Adebayo strained his left shoulder to miss the final 18 minutes of the game, but the team reported that x-rays resulted negative. Butler hobbled through a left ankle injury that he described as “a little bit sore” after twisting it on two different plays.
Fortunately, Dragic told that he can still put pressure on his left foot and plans to receive ice and treatment on Thursday in hopes to play Game 2 on Friday.
“Be ready to go with or without Goran. We’re still expecting to win,” said Butler, who had 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and five assists in 33 minutes. “We still know that we can.
We want that guy out there with us. He’s a big part of what we’re trying to do, but until we can have him back, we got to go out there and we got to fight even harder.
We got to try to cover up what he gives us and make up for it. We’re capable of it. We have to be capable of it. Moving forward with or without Goran we better hurry up and tie it up 1-1.”