Kyle Kuzma reveals Lakers’ mood ahead of Game 6 vs. Heat
After failing to close the deal in Game 5 against the Miami Heat, the Los Angeles Lakers will get another shot to do so on Sunday in Game 6. The lead up to the next game can be an anxious time for players, especially at this stage of the season. Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma revealed his team’s mood ahead of Sunday’s high stakes contest, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.
Asked about the Lakers' mood last 24 hours, Kyle Kuzma says it's been good and that "everyone's been on edge" knowing the situation before Game 6.
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) October 11, 2020
Though their mood is good, it is understandable why the Lakers are “on edge” over the last 24 hours. The Purple and Gold franchise is just one win away from capturing the 2020 NBA championship. However, a gritty and unrelenting Miami squad is in their way. This Jimmy Butler-led squad will not just lay down and let the Lakers stroll their way to the title.
Of course, Los Angeles would want to put away Miami for good and prevent a more high-pressure Game 7, where absolutely anything can happen. The Lakers will certainly need their supporting cast, including Kuzma, to step up in Game 6 if they want to close out the Heat.
Many had high expectations for Kuzma entering the season as a possible third star alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. He struggled throughout the 2019-20 campaign and that has translated into the playoffs and the Finals as well. In five games so far in the championship round, Kuzma is averaging just 9.8 points and 3.2 rebounds, while shooting a sour 36.4 percent from the field.
Even though Miami is the team that is down 3-2 in this best-of-7 series, all the pressure in the world definitely rests on the Lakers ahead of Game 6.