The Lakers ushered in the first game of the series against the Heat. Whether it is the Lakers in the West or the Heat in the East, both teams have been able to reach the Finals with 12 wins and 3 losses in their respective divisions.
The Lakers can be said to have been considered a championship team since Anthony Davis joined in the offseason last year, but in contrast, the Heat did not watch this year’s playoffs or even the Eastern Conference Finals series. It is a team that has a chance to compete for the championship or break into the Eastern Conference Finals series. What is surprising is that this Heat can beat the Bucks and Celtics consecutively in this year’s playoffs. The team became the dark polo team in the Eastern Conference to break into the final series.
In the first game of the two-team finals series, the Lakers did not perform so well in the first half of the first quarter, which also caused the team to easily take a double-digit lead by the Heat. However, the Lakers gradually found their status. Smooth the score. At the end of the first quarter, the Lakers ended the first quarter 31-28 after being 13 points behind in the first quarter.
In the first quarter of the game, there was such a key adjustment that although Dwight Howard can enter the starting lineup with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Danny Green, and Pope, he emphasizes fast speed in the Heat. Under the tactical system of shifting the ball and shooting from outside, Howard completely became the target of the Heat on the defensive end. Because in Howard’s defense, the Lakers can’t change defense at all, so in this case, it is easy to give opportunities to the outside.
So in Howard’s first-quarter game close to 6 and a half minutes of playing time, Howard did not score a point and only had a positive and negative performance of -13, which is also an important reason why the Lakers fell behind by 13 points only in the first half of the first quarter.
The good news is that head coach Frank Vogel finally decided to let Howard return to the bench during the team’s second timeout and put players such as Kuzma and Caruso on the court. In this half of Howard’s end, the Lakers played a small climax with a 16-point margin. This is also an important reason why the Lakers went from 13 points behind to overtake 3 points at the end of the first quarter.
So in the first half of the first quarter of the game, when Howard was on the court, the Lakers would find it difficult to use lineups such as Howard and McGee in the first half of the game because they need to have a better lineup for the Heat. For the defensive effect, the Lakers need to offer a small ball lineup and not resolutely switch defenses. Of course, what kind of adjustment Vogel will make next depends on the situation on the court.