The Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from claiming their 17th NBA championship—and not just because of the superlative play of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Against Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat, and throughout this year’s peculiar NBA playoffs inside the league’s bubble at Disney World in Orlando, the Purple and Gold have gotten key contributions from energetic youngsters and grizzled veterans alike. From Kyle Kuzma and Alex Caruso to Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard, to Markieff Morris, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green, head coach Frank Vogel has found no shortage of support for his two superstars on both ends of the floor.
On this week’s episode of Hollywood Hoops, we get you up to speed on the first four games of what’s been, at times, a surprisingly contentious Finals matchup. Eric Pincus and Josh Martin begin by breaking down Game 4, a grinding affair that highlighted the coaching matchup between Vogel and longtime Heat head man Erik Spoelstra. How did the Lakers bottle up Jimmy after his 40-point triple-double in Game 3? What did Miami do to throw LeBron and AD off their respective games in the first half?
Our co-hosts then rewind a bit to recap the series to date and detail the evolution of the matchup. How have the Heat hung around, despite injuries to Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo and generally being outmanned? What caused the Lakers to slip from dominating Games 1 and 2 to finding themselves in dogfights in Games 3 and 4?
From there, Eric and Josh turn their attention to the remainder of the series. What adjustments can the Lakers make to fend off the Heat and secure another Larry O’Brien Trophy? How can Miami stay alive in Game 5 and beyond?
Finally, our co-hosts close out this week’s episode by catching up on coaching news, including Doc Rivers’ move to Philadelphia and Alvin Gentry’s reunion with Luke Walton in Sacramento.
00:00 – Lakers vs Heat in Game 4
14:16 – 2020 NBA Finals Recap
30:57 – What’s Next For This Matchup?
45:39 – NBA Coaching News