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True or False: The 2020 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are in full swing, and we’re sure you have questions about the Lakers/Heat series. So we’re giving you the answers you need!

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True or False: The 2020 NBA Finals

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The 2020 NBA Playoffs have been absolutely incredible. There’s simply no doubt about it. When history looks back on how the four major US sports handled the COVID-19 Pandemic, the NBA will receive top honors.

So, if the NBA playoffs have been so good, the Finals have to be equally fantatic, right? Right.

Look, I could give you yet another analytical piece looking at the minutia of the Lakers/Heat Finals, but you’ve probably read a lot of those already. So why not just get to the hard-hitting important questions you have. Let’s go.

True or False: The Lakers are going to sweep the Miami Heat.

False. The Los Angeles Lakers hold a 2-1 lead in the Finals, despite many pundits giving their odds to sweep a hard look. However, the best the Lakers could do is win-out, taking the series in five games. That outcome is very much on the table.

True or False: This Miami Heat team is the same one that beat the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.

True….-ish. The Miami Heat punched the Celtics in the mouth in the Eastern Conference Finals, that’s true. However, that Heat team has yet to truly materialize in the Finals, in more ways than one.

Injuries have kept key Heat players like Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo out for the majority of the series so far. That makes things very tough for the Heat, considering the Lakers penchant for exploiting weaknesses.

After going after rookie Tyler Herro on the defensive end of the floor, the Lakers went after the wounded Heat in Game 2. While Olynyk had 26 points in Adebayo’s absence, the Lakers yet again won by double-digits. Even worse for Miami, Goran Dragic’s torn plantar fascia might not heal in time for him to return to the Finals.

True or False: I should be sad about Goran Dragic possibly being done in the series.

Depends. If you’re a Lakers fan, no. You shouldn’t be sad. What you should be is thankful because Dragic is a menace. If there’s an award for the most underrated player in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, it’s Goran Dragic.

Dragic was nasty in the Conference Finals, giving the Celtics fits with his slick handles, and silky layups. So if you’re a Heat fan, TRUUUUUUUE. Dragic is a threat anywhere on the court and he brings a veteran presence at the point guard position, and that’s invaluable on this young Heat squad.

Also True if you’re an NBA fan, because let’s all face it, Dragic is lovely.

True or False: LeBron James is leading the Lakers and is on his way to being Finals MVP.

Depends, and True. The Lakers are very much a team playing team ball right now. That team just happens to have the greatest player currently in the league right now. But this team runs through LeBron, and you can see that in his assists.

LeBron James is 35 years old and is averaging a triple-double per game in these finals. That’s insane. Simply unbelievable. But, that’s LeBron. #WeAreAllWitnesses

True or False: Jimmy Butler is not a good player.

FALSE. Earlier in the season, we at the Turf collectively put our heads together to ask the question: Is Jimmy Butler good? Here’s what I had to say.

“I think I’m in the middle on this one boys. For me, Jimmy was on three teams where he should’ve been the guy – the Bulls, the Wolves, and the Sixers (with the last one being a bit of a stretch. My issue with Jimmy is that he wants to be the guy, but doesn’t want to be the only guy, but still wants to be the only guy. He wants to be Jordan, but also be Pippen, but still feel like Jordan. The league doesn’t work like that. The Wolves could’ve been great with him. The Sixers took a step back in bringing him in. Neither place allowed him to be the player he wanted to be on the court, but the initial deals made him into the star he wants to be.

HOWEVER – Miami is the perfect spot for him. He’s on a team that’s young as hell, and they can grow with him as the focal veteran star while everyone around him shows up and shows off. He also fills the hole left by Wade, so he automatically becomes the franchise face, which he wants. Miami is perfect for him.”

Jimmy Butler is all that and more, and he showed everyone that in Game 3. With his team staring down the barrel of a 3-0 deficit, with Dragic and Adebayo both ruled out, Butler put the team on his back, and had himself a game.

Going 14-20 from the field, Butler put up 40 points on his way to his first career Final triple-double. As the Heat fought their way to a resounding win, Butler’s 11 rebounds, and 13 assists, aided in their victory. Jimmy Butler is good, but when he turns on the jets, he’s fantastic.

True or False: Alex Caruso plays in my rec league, right? I’m sure he does.

False, but like… we all have that one guy in our rec leagues, right? The dude who off the court appears to have zero game, calls everyone “Big Dog,” is wearing a pair of KD 9s because “they mold to my feet and to my game like no other.” And this dude, this same dude who is far too extra for your local Y, is a walking bucket. That guy is, in a way, Alex Caruso. VERY TRUE.

True or False: This series is over. Lakers in 5, right?

Look, the Heat were not supposed to win Game 3, that’s for sure. However, they fought, and they did it short-handed. LeBron copped to the fact that LA didn’t have their A-game stuff, and he’s right. Anthony Davis especially, did not have it together for Game 3.

Will that motivate the LakeShow to dominate in Game 4? Has the momentum already swung in Miami’s favor? There’s no way to know.

However, one thing that is very true, is that the NBA Finals is now officially a series and this one has all the makings of a classic.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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