The LA Lakers came up short in a thrilling contest against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals. While the battle between LeBron James and Jimmy Butler was undoubtedly the highlight of the game, the defining moment of the contest came when Danny Green had a wide-open look from the 3-point line that could have sealed the game and the title for the LA Lakers. However, that was not to be.
In this article, we'll take a look at how other NBA players reacted to this crucial miss in Game 5 along with other NBA updates.
NBA News Update: LA Lakers' Danny Green missed a wide-open 3 that could have won them the game and possibly the title
With less than ten seconds left on the shot clock, the Miami Heat led the LA Lakers 109-108 in Game 5.
LeBron James passed the ball to Danny Green after the former was double-teamed in the paint. Green, known as a 3-point specialist, missed the seemingly easy chance that would have got the LA Lakers the lead and most probably won them the championship.
There was some criticism about why LeBron James didn't take the shot himself instead of passing it to Danny Green in such a crucial moment. However, many NBA players have now come out in defense of LeBron James for his decision to pass the ball.
LeBron James defended his decision in the post-game press conference and said that he trusted Green, and it was just bad luck that the shot didn't go in.
NBA News Update: Jimmy Butler confident about Miami Heat's chances in the upcoming games
Written off by most experts after going down 3-1 against the LA Lakers, Miami Heat have proved that there's still plenty of action left in the series, and they aren't in a hurry to go home. Butler said that he likes Miami Heat's chances of winning 'two (games) in a row':
"We're built for this. We've been doing this all year long. It didn't just start in the bubble."
Other than Jimmy Butler's incredible triple-double, Miami Heat's Duncan Robinson made a huge impact in the game by scoring 26 points that included seven 3-pointers.
Butler also talked about what his advice to the 26-year-old was before the start of the fifth game.
Miami Heat's coach Eric Spoelstra was understandably ecstatic after the Game 5 victory and echoed Jimmy Butler about his team's chances in the upcoming games:
"This is everything the guys in our locker room wanted...You can’t write or print out the winner on this one. This one has to be earned."
If Miami Heat win the next two games against the LA Lakers, this will go down in history as one of the biggest upsets of all time. We'll have to wait till Sunday to find out if the Heat can level the series when they take on the LA Lakers in Game 6.
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Published 10 Oct 2020, 11:55 IST