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The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA Champions
It was a close battle, but the Los Angeles Lakers are the 2020 NBA Champions. They defeated the Miami Heat in six games, with a final score of 106-93. This is the Lakers’ seventeenth championship win, cementing their spot as one of the most successful teams in NBA history.
How the Lakers Won the Finals
The Los Angeles Lakers won the 2020 NBA Finals, defeating the Miami Heat in six games. This was the Lakers’ first championship since 2010, and the franchise’s 17th overall. LeBron James was named Finals MVP for the fourth time in his career, tying Michael Jordan for the most ever.
What the Lakers Need to Do to Repeat
With the Lakers poised to potentially repeat as NBA champions, fans are wondering what the team needs to do to make that happen. While there are many factors that go into winning a championship, here are three key things the Lakers need to do to repeat.
First, the Lakers need to continue to get strong play from their superstars, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Both players were tremendous in last year’s playoffs and will need to be at their best again this year if the Lakers want to win another title.
Second, the Lakers need to get contributions from their role players. In last year’s playoffs, players like Rajon Rondo, Danny Green, and Kyle Kuzma all stepped up and made big contributions. The Lakers will need similar production from those players this year if they want to repeat as champions.
Finally, the Lakers need some luck. In any sport, luck always plays a role in determining who wins and loses. The Lakers will need a little bit of luck in order to win another championship this year.
If the Lakers can do these three things, they will have a very good chance of repeating as NBA champions.
The Other Teams in the NBA Finals
In addition to the Los Angeles Lakers, who won the 2020 NBA Finals, there were four other teams in the playoffs. The other teams in the NBA Finals were the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Miami Heat.
The Rest of the NBA
It’s been nearly a week since the Golden State Warriors won their third NBA championship in four years, and the rest of the league is still catching its breath. The Warriors were simply too much for the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning the series in four games.
With the 2017-2018 season now officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to take a look at how the rest of the league fared. In the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics finished with the best record in the regular season, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the conference finals by the Cavaliers. The Philadelphia 76ers also had a strong season, led by Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons. But they were no match for the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs.
In the Western Conference, it was business as usual for the Warriors, who once again dominated en route to their fourth straight Finals appearance. The Houston Rockets gave them a run for their money in Game 7 of the conference finals, but ultimately came up short. The Rockets will be back next season with reigning MVP James Harden leading the way.
The Minnesota Timberwolves made noise in 2017-2018, earning their first playoff berth since 2004. They have a young core of talent led by All-Star Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns and should be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
The NBA draft will take place on June 21st, and free agency begins on July 1st. It should be another busy offseason for teams around the league as they try to catch up to – or at least keep up with –the Warriors
The Offseason Moves
It’s been a busy offseason in the NBA, with plenty of movement among the league’s top teams. The Golden State Warriors, who won the Finals in June, have made a few changes to their roster. Most notably, they acquired all-star forward Kevin Durant from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder, meanwhile, have made some changes of their own, acquiring forward Victor Oladipo and center Steven Adams from the Orlando Magic.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who lost to the Warriors in the Finals, have also been busy this offseason. They acquired forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves and guard J.R. Smith from the New York Knicks. The Cavaliers also signed free agent guard Dahntay Jones.
The San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Cavaliers in the Conference Finals, acquired forward Pau Gasol from the Chicago Bulls. They also signed free agent guard Manu Ginobili to a two-year contract extension.
The NBA Finals refers to the championship series of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Eastern and Western conference champions play a best-of-seven game series to determine the league champion. The winning team of the NBA Finals receives the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
The start of free agency is always an exciting time for NBA fans. This year is no different, as there are a number of big names on the market. The most coveted free agent this year is Kevin Durant, who is coming off a championship win with the Golden State Warriors. Other notable free agents include Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, and Jimmy Butler.
The Summer League
The 2017 NBA Finals was the championship series of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA)
2016–17 season and conclusion of the 2017 playoffs. The best-of-seven playoff was played between the
defending champions and , both teams with identical 59–23 records. This was the 138th edition of the
championship series dating back to its inaugural finals in 1947, and featured a rematch of the 2015 NBA
Finals in which Cleveland defeated Golden State in six games.
In Game 1, veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith made a critical error late in regulation that led to his team
losing in overtime, and then had an emotional reaction to it during his post-game press conference. The
disappointing loss led to an Internet meme being created about Smith’s poor decision-making, which damage
his reputation as a player.
The NBA Finals MVP
In the NBA Finals, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) is awarded to the player who made the biggest impact on the series. This year, that player was Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors.
During the regular season, Leonard averaged 26.6 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. In the Finals, he upped his production to 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. He also shot an impressive 50% from the field and 38% from three-point range.
In Game 1, Leonard scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Raptors defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-109. In Game 2, he was even better, putting up 36 points and 12 rebounds in a 109-104 Toronto win. He followed that up with a 30-point performance in Game 3 as the Raptors took a commanding 3-0 series lead with a 123-109 victory.
The Warriors responded with a win in Game 4, but Leonard bounced back in a big way in Game 5, scoring 22 points and grabbing six rebounds in a 105-92 Toronto win that clinched the series and gave the Raptors their first ever NBA championship.
For his outstanding play throughout the series, Leonard was named Finals MVP for the second time in his career (he also won it in 2014). He becomes just the third player in NBA history to win multiple Finals MVPs with two different teams (joining Magic Johnson and LeBron James).