When you are powerful enough on defense to force what should have been a dunk into a turnover, that’s when you know you’re a special talent. That’s exactly what Anthony Davis of the Lakers just did, and to Jimmy Butler of the Heat, no less.

Jimmy Butler looked to have a clear path to a dunk, but a late arriving Davis caused Butler to second guess himself in midair and try to kick it out instead, which was tipped and intercepted by the Lakers.

Some believed that Anthony Davis should have won Defensive Player of the Year this season instead of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and with plays like this they may have a point. Davis had three blocks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals and grabbed 14 boards in Game 2. With Davis’ strong play on defense, along with LeBron James chasing down blocks of his own, the Heat have to fight through a maelstrom in order to score against the Lakers. This is the balance of power in the 2020 NBA Finals in Orlando.

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