“King James” and the Los Angeles Lakers set to take on underdog Miami Heat in NBA Finals


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Ryan Kelsey, Staff Writer

The Los Angeles Lakers led by LeBron James will be taking on the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. The Lakers will be going up against the red-hot Heat who are entering the Finals after taking down top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, and then the number three seeded Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Heat, who entered the playoffs as the number five seed, were not projected to even advance in the first round of the playoffs, let alone make it to the Finals. Now, the Heat are just four wins away from winning their fourth championship in franchise history, while the Lakers are trying to win their first title since Kobe Bryant led the team to the promise land back in 2010.

The last time that the Heat won the NBA Finals was back in 2013 when team President, Pat Riley, formed the “Big Three” which was headlined by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Now, Riley will have to watch as his former super star player goes up against the young Heat roster led by 5x NBA All-Star, Jimmy Butler and rookie phenomenon, Tyler Herro.

The Lakers who finished as the number one seed in the Western Conference after winning 52 games, are going up against the underdog Heat who won just over 40 games. During the 2020 regular season, the two teams played twice against each other but it was the Lakers who won both of the contests.

After “King James” led the Lakers over the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, LeBron James became just the fourth player in NBA history to make it to the Finals 10 times.

Although NBA analysts and fans across the world might give the advantage to the “King” and the Lakers, one cannot count out the Heat who have been playing dominant team basketball since the start of the playoffs.

Game 1 of the NBA Finals will take place on September 30, with tip-off scheduled at 9 PM EST.