Despite missing key players in Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo, the Miami Heat battled hard in Game 2 but couldn't stop the Los Angeles Lakers from racing away to a 2-0 series lead with a 124-114 Game 2 win.
This is the 31st instance in NBA Finals history that a team has held a 2-0 series lead, of which, just four times has the team trailing come back to clinch the title. But Jimmy Butler, one of Heat's two All-Stars, refuses to believe the series is over.
"It's not over. We're just down 0-2, so we got to do something special," he said after the Game 2 loss. "We're capable of it and I wouldn't want to be in the trenches with any other guys except for the ones that we have."
"We're gonna ride with this thing 'til the wheels fall off. It's not over."- FOX Sports Sun: HEAT (@FOXSportsHEAT) October 3, 2020
Jimmy Butler talks about the fight in this Miami Heat team and the determination of Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic to return to the series. #HEATTwitter pic.twitter.com/Hdu1dVfF7p
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said more of the same in his postgame media interaction, refusing to give up referring to the group's stubbornness and persistence.
"We don't give a (expletive) what everybody else thinks," Spoelstra said. "Whatever -- your first question, how did you phrase it? What will it take? Whatever is necessary. It's simple as that. "
"We don't give a s--- what everybody else thinks."- ESPN (@espn) October 3, 2020
Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat are unbothered. pic.twitter.com/qpZYvASm7a
If the Heat can pull off the comeback, the would be the first team to do it twice, having already made an 0-2 comeback in the Finals in 2006. Can they do it?
Game 2 was far more competitive than Game 1 but the team just couldn't seem to land that final punch to spark a comeback.
"I think it was just a couple plays," Canadian big man Kelly Olynyk said postgame. "A couple missed shots, a couple offensive rebounds we gave up. We had it right there on the edge, but we just couldn't push it over."
"I think it was just a couple plays. A couple missed shots."- FOX Sports Sun: HEAT (@FOXSportsHEAT) October 3, 2020
Kelly Olynyk discusses what prevented the Heat from being able to complete the Game 2 comeback against the Lakers. #HEATTwitter pic.twitter.com/1SceSm1gR8
Playing additional minutes with Adebayo out, Olynyk finished with 24 points, nine rebounds (playoff career-high), and two assists on 9-of-16 shooting from the field in 37 minutes.
The Lakers didn't dominate Game 2 like they did Game 1 but they still led by double-digits for nearly all of the second half. Can the Heat make the improbable comeback?
Only time will tell but they certainly feel confident. All of us will only when Game 3 tips-off on Monday, October 5th at 5:00 a.m. IST.
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