By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
From the losing side, Slovenian guard Goran Dragic left in the second quarter, and according to multiple reports he was diagnosed with a torn plantar fascia in his left foot. It remains unknown what’s his status for the rest of the finals.
All-Star center Bam Adebayo also left in the third quarter after apparently aggravating a left shoulder strain.
Jimmy Butler fought through a twisted left ankle to score 23 points for Miami.
“I, and we, are here for him,” Butler said about Dragic. “We know how much he wants to win, how much he wants to go to war and battle with us. And obviously, we love him for that and we want him out there with us. But whatever the docs tell him to do, that’s what he’s got to do. … He’s got to take care of himself first.”
“You have to get a feel for how hard Miami plays,” James said about the start of the game in which Miami had a 23-10 lead. “They smacked us in the mouth and we got a sense of that. … From that moment when it was 23-10, we started to play to our capabilities.”
However, the Lakers went 9-for-11 on 3’s in the final 16 minutes of the first half o go into the break with a 65-48 lead and put the game away early.