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NBA News Update: Finals TV ratings sink further with Game 5 approaching, Kobe Bryant's role in the relationship between Russell Westbrook and KD revealed

2020 NBA Finals - Game Four
2020 NBA Finals - Game Four
Evan Tiwari
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Modified 08 Oct 2020, 21:46 IST
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The NBA season is drawing to a conclusion, with the LA Lakers one game away from winning their 17th championship. However, according to various reports, the NBA finals TV ratings have hit a historic low. On that note, let's check out the latest edition of the NBA News update. 

NBA News Update: NBA finals TV ratings set a new low 

2020 NBA Finals - Game Four
2020 NBA Finals - Game Four

Despite being bogged down by injuries, the Miami Heat has given the LA Lakers good competition in the NBA finals since a blowout loss in game 1. However, according to Sports Media Watch, the NBA finals TV ratings are down as compared to that of the last few years.

Game 4 saw the viewership rise to 7.54 million, which was more than Game’s 3’s tally of 5.94 million viewers. However, the Game 3 numbers set a new low since finals ratings were first documented in 1984.

One of the reasons behind the low NBA finals TV ratings could be the fact that the competition is being played in the month of October which has resulted in a battle for viewership with other sports like baseball and American football. 

The Game 4 ratings saw a surge due to the Miami Heat winning a game, thereby giving rise to the possibility that the series could go to at least six games. But a LA Lakers win in game 4 has reduced the possibility of that happening. 

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers planning to break up their star duo in order to acquire LaMelo Ball using Minnesota Timberwolves' no. 1 draft pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski recalls an interesting anecdote about Kobe Bryant

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In other NBA news, ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski spilled the beans on an amusing incident that featured Russell Westbrook and Kobe Bryant.

In the latest episode of his podcast, Wojnarowski revealed that during the 2012 Olympics, Bryant spent a lot of time with then OKC Thunder star Westbrook.

Kobe Bryant, who was known for his competitive behavior, was adept in pulling his teammate's legs. Bryant told Westbrook:

“You know, you should be winning scoring titles. I don’t know why you’re letting Kevin win scoring titles. You should be the one winning them.”

Notably, Kevin Durant left Russell Westbrook and the Thunder for the Warriors in 2016 and ended up winning two NBA titles with them.

Also read: NBA Trade Rumors: Options for Toronto Raptors as Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol prepare for free agency.

Published 08 Oct 2020, 21:46 IST
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