2020 NBA Finals Preview – Heat vs Lakers ft. Brady Hawk & Alen Ramic (The Baseline NBA Podcast)

After a literal year of games, delays, drama and a pandemic, the NBA Finals are upon us. The bubble was met with skepticism but has worked with only minor hiccups. Now, the stage is set to crown a champion. The Baseline NBA podcast has been there every step of the way and we are excited to discuss what is an unexpected NBA Finals in the most unusual season ever.

On this week’s show, we preview the Miami Heat vs L.A. Lakers and we bring in two guests who know their respective teams intimately. Brady Hawk from Five Reasons Sports joins us to give the Heat perspective and Alen Ramic from Lakerside Chat delivers the goods for L.A. With their help we dive in on a compelling series to discuss:

Miami’s path to The Finals

– 12-3 record taking out the Pacers, Bucks and Celtics
– Have the Heat overachieved
– The team embracing the coach’s identity
– Chemistry 1-15

L.A.s path to The Finals

– 12-3 record taking out the Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets
– Anthony Davis rising to the occasion
– Lakers exceptionalism
– Team defense
– L.A.’s third option behind LeBron James and AD…is Rajon Rondo or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The Crossover

– Alen explains his respect for the other side including love for Goran Dragic, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo
– Brady shows props to the Lakers because of their size, basketball IQ and of course LeBron James


– Neither team has had complaints about their coaching throughout the season
– Is Erik Spoelstra the best coach in the NBA?
– Do Frank Vogel and Jason Kidd get enough credit for the job they’ve done?


– LeBron vs Spoelstra/Pat Riley
– Miami’s zone defense as a weapon to wall off LeBron and Davis
– Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson and Andre Iguodala’s ability to make threes in the series


– Alen stays true to the purple and gold
– Brady expects an upset
– Warren and Cal disagree on the end results

It’s a fun and informative NBA Finals preview full of hot takes and facts. Tune in


Warren is a seasoned NBA writer and co-host of The Baseline NBA podcast. He is currently a contributing writer at CloseUp360 and the founder of ShawSports.net. His previous work includes time with Dime Magazine, Yahoo Sports and Celtics Life.

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