NBA Finals are here

Max Radcliffe, Staff Writer

Two teams have made it all the way.  Now it is time to see who comes out on top.  The Miami Heat will battle against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 9 p.m.  The game will be played in the Bubble in Orlando at the Walt Disney Resort.

The Miami Heat were the No. 5 seed in the East heading into the NBA playoffs with a 44-29 record.  With Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro doing what they were doing, it was not looking promising for opposing teams.

In Round 1, the Heat swept the Indiana Pacers, winning the series 4-0.  In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, they faced a new challenge.  The Milwaukee Bucks were the No. 1 seed in the East going into the playoffs.

However, the Miami Heat continued their dominance yet again against a Giannis led team. The Heat defeated the Bucks in Game 5 with a score of 103-94.  The Heat now faced the No. 3 seed in the East, the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.  Once again, the Heat could not be detained as they overwhelmed the Celtics with a 4-2 series win.

While the Heat were torching the Eastern Conference, Lebron James and Anthony Davis were on their own mission. 

The Lakers were going into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed with an astonishing record of 52-19.  In Round 1, the Lakers faced a team led by Damian Lillard, the Portland Trailblazers.  However, the Lakers shrugged Portland off and beat them in a 4-1 series.

Next, they faced a Houston Rockets team who had weapons like James Harden and Russel Westbrook.  Even with the firepower of these two great athletes, they came up short and the Lakers again won another series 4-1.

Jamal Murray from the Denver Nuggets wanted to put an end to this incredible run by the Lakers.  Murray was averaging 24.3 points per game during the playoffs, but in the end, it just was not enough.  The Lakers won the Western Conference Finals 4-1.

Now, who will take the trophy home, a young Miami Heat team full of underdogs or a veteran Lakers team led by the King?

If the Miami Heat want a chance to win, they must find a way to contain Lebron James and Anthony Davis, which they can.  The Miami Heat have both Andre Iguodala and Bam Adebayo, who are both great defenders.  Plus, Iguodala has faced Lebron in the Finals before so he has experience.

On the offensive side of the ball, the Heat have Jimmy Butler who is capable of scoring anytime anywhere and a young sharpshooter, Tyler Herro.  Herro became the second-youngest player to score more than 35 points in a game with 37 points at just 20 years old.

In the end, this should be an exciting series between the two teams.

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