Lakers superstar LeBron James compares Heat to facing the Golden State Warriors
The Los Angeles Lakers suffered a largely disappointing defeat on Friday, as they battled with a resilient Miami Heat side in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. For LeBron James, the experience of facing Miami in this series has brought back memories of his many duels against the Golden State Warriors not too long ago.
According to LeBron, the Heat’s ability to capitalize on their opponents’ miscues is trademark Dubs:
“It’s the same as when I was playing against Golden State all those years, you make a mistake, they make you pay,” James said, via The Strait Times. “So we have to understand that.”
That’s quite a compliment for Miami, who weren’t even in the Finals in the first place. Most folks counted them out early on in the playoffs, but somehow, they’ve proven their doubters wrong at every turn. Not even missing key players Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo (who has been back over the past two games, but clearly hasn’t been a hundred percent) seems to have affected Miami, as they just keep on coming back.
For LeBron, the three-time NBA champ had quite a performance himself in Game 5. James finished with a game-high 40 points on 15-of-21 shooting, to go along with 13 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals. He also knocked down six out of his nine attempts for distance, as he pretty much carried the Lakers in this one.
LeBron faced off against the Warriors in the Finals for four consecutive years, and throughout that time, he only beat them once. For him to say that this Miami team reminds him of the mighty Warriors speaks volumes of how impressive the Heat have been this season.