“If you want to win a title, you have to beat LeBron James” — Archyde

By qualifying for the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, the Heat officially opens a new chapter in its history. Chance has it that this final series is played against LeBron James, even if Jimmy Butler does not agree too much that it is just a coincidence. For him, a champion cannot hope […]

“If you want to win a title, you have to beat LeBron James” — Archyde

By qualifying for the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, the Heat officially opens a new chapter in its history. Chance has it that this final series is played against LeBron James, even if Jimmy Butler does not agree too much that it is just a coincidence. For him, a champion cannot hope to lift the trophy without stealing his crown from the King.

Arrived last summer from Philadelphia, Jimmy Buckets was immediately adopted by Miami fans. The story is incomparable with the signing of LeBron James in Florida in 2010, but still he will be one of the leaders of the Heat in trying to offer the franchise a fourth trophy in its history, the first since the return of the king to Ohio in 2014. With Bam Adebayo, the All-Star had one of his best seasons on a personal level despite a big lack of parking address (24.4%). Always as clutch when it is necessary, the former star of Chicago shows especially the example in defense, a sector which explains the presence of the Heat in the NBA Finals in spite of its classification in the East at the end of the seeding games (fifth with 44 wins for 29 losses). With the intensity of the Playoffs, Erik Spoelstra’s followers made short work of the Pacers before knocking the regular season leader down in five innings and then having the Celtics wear out without breaking a sweat. . Without competition in their Conference since the start of the final stages, the Floridians are only one step away from the Larry O’Brien trophy. It will not be the easiest to climb, the ogre of the Lakers now appearing before them in the skin of the favorite. Anything but a surprise for Jimmy Butler who has been waiting for this moment for a long time as he explained at the microphone of NBA TV.

“If you want to win, you are going to have to go through a LeBron James led team.”

– Jimmy Butler

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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2020

“The main key, and it has been for a very long time, if you want to win a title you have to beat LeBron James’ team. It can come down to that and that’s what we need to focus on. Obviously we can’t just focus on him because he has some really good players around him, but the same test comes back every year until you pass and that test is called LeBron James. “

Concretely, difficult to prove him wrong. Out of the last nine NBA champions, LeBron has won three titles and five teams had to beat him in the final. Ultimately, only the Raptors avoided the ultimate test while waiting for the Chosen One to finally leave the Eastern Conference to bring the cup home in June 2019. This year, LBJ will play their tenth career NBA Finals, the ninth in ten years, thus giving credibility to the words of Jimmy Butler. It’s a bit like this end boss in Mario against which we will use all of our lives by trying different strategies to try to discover our weak point. Buckets has already faced the King twice in the Playoffs with always the same result: a loss to the boss (in 2013 and 2015). But this time the situation has changed a little. Already, the number 22 is the franchise player of his team and the latter arrives in confidence with only three defeats in the bundle when it comes to attacking Game 1 of the Finals. Plus, Jimmy knows his role is going to be to put the brakes on LeBron James as the Heat managed to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo earlier in the summer. And at 31, Buckets has the advantage of physical freshness against an aging quadruple MVP even if he shows no signs of weakness with his 35 rods. The margin of error is slim for Miami but the Butler believes in his chances.

“You’re going to have to be absolutely perfect to beat the Lakers. We can do it. We do not think too much about these stories of first seed against the fifth seed in the East. “

Jimmy Butler and the Heat are aware of the obstacle that awaits them from Wednesday. But far from panicking, the Floridians prepare their battle plan to bring down the end boss in turn. If other teams have managed to find its weak point in the past, why not them?

Text source: NBA TV via Bleacher Report

WATCH: Former Miami Heat Forward Shane Battier Surprises 5 South Florida Grads With $5,000 Scholarships — CBS Miami

The scholarships were awarded as part of a partnership between the Heat and BankUnited.

WATCH: Former Miami Heat Forward Shane Battier Surprises 5 South Florida Grads With $5,000 Scholarships — CBS Miami

(CBSMiami)- Five South Florida high school graduates got a big surprise Tuesday when former Miami Heat forward Shane Battier video called them to inform the students they had been awarded a $5,000 scholarship. The five scholarships, totaling $25,000 were part of the Miami HEAT scholarship program presented by BankUnited and the Miami Heat Charitable fund.

This marks the seventh year of the program, honoring students that have demonstrated excellence in both academics and community service. The scholarships are normally given out at halftime of a Miami Heat game, but with that not being possible this year, the program set up the conference calls saying there was one final interview. That is when Battier hopped on the line to give them the good news and you can see the reactions in the video above.

“In partnership with the Miami HEAT, our commitment to providing college scholarships is one of the many ways BankUnited helps to lift up the next generation of business and community leaders,” said BankUnited Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer and Small Business Banking Lisa Shim in a statement. “Today’s graduates already have shown themselves to be resilient in the face of some of life’s toughest challenges, and it is as important as ever that we continue to come together and find ways to support them on their path of learning. We congratulate these five South Florida high school graduates and the entire class of 2020, and wish them all the best as they pursue their dreams and embark on their next stage of life.”

The five scholarship winners are: Logan Alvarez (Miami Southridge Senior High School), Tatiana Barnes (Miami Country Day School), Isabel Armedilla (Marine Academy of Science and Technology at FIU Biscayne Campus), Anyeli Pro (Coral Reef Senior High School), and Eklia St-Leger (William H. Turner Technical Arts High School).

“The Miami HEAT organization is proud to partner with BankUnited to recognize the outstanding achievements of these South Florida students and help them on their journey to realizing their dreams,” said Eric Woolworth, president of The HEAT Group’s business operations, said in a statement. “Already, they have accomplished so much through their leadership and service to their communities. We look forward to seeing all they will accomplish as they continue to pursue their goals.”

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‘We still got bigger fish to fry’ Lebron says, as Lakers emerge Western Conference Champions — OJB SPORT

Los Angeles Lakers are the Western Conference Champions after enduring an hard-fought 117-107 win over Denver Nuggets to return to the NBA Finals for the first time in 10 years. Denver Nuggets made a valiant effort, but were unable to overcome a third straight 3-1 series deficit.

‘We still got bigger fish to fry’ Lebron says, as Lakers emerge Western Conference Champions — OJB SPORT

Date: September 27, 2020Author: Kenny Bamidele0 Comments

Los Angeles Lakers are the Western Conference Champions after enduring an hard-fought 117-107 win over Denver Nuggets to return to the NBA Finals for the first time in 10 years. Denver Nuggets made a valiant effort, but were unable to overcome a third straight 3-1 series deficit.

Lebron James sored nine points on the stretch to erase any hopes of Denver Nuggets turning this around, The Lakers guard, will now feature in his 10th NBA finals.

James was fired-up all night long, getting to the rim dunking consecutive points and to the free throw line to consistently get his team high-percentage baskets, and he absolutely took over down the stretch to send the Nuggets packing. His parter who is reaching his first ever NBA final Anthony Davis battled first-half foul trouble, but came up big in the second half as the Lakers thwarted Denver’s comeback bid.

Denver Nuggets failed to get into their top gear in the first half due to more foul trouble for Nikola Jokic and an injury to Jamal Murray which appeared to make him less than 100 percent. True to form, the Nuggets cut the Lakers’ 10-point halftime lead to just three to start the fourth quarter, but they were unable to reproduce the heroics that got them to this point.

Lebron James Spoke after the game

“my teammates say bring this home, it is my resposniblity to do right things and bring this home, we gonna enjoy it tonight, there is only two teams that can make to the final out of 30 teams competeting, we all know we still got bigger fish to fry.”

Dwight Howard had two key blocks for the Lakers level with Anthony Davis who also had two blocks and a steal, meanwhile the former New Orleans Pelicans players, feels happy to reach his first-ever NBA finals.about:blankREPORT THIS AD

“it feels good, we have done alot this year, we all know the job is not done, while we enjoy this we still got spme work to do, it is my job, that was why they brought me here, i took the responsibilty with Lebron, and all this guy are ready for the challenge.”

Lebron James scored his 27th career-triple double, as he scored 38 points 16 rebounds and 10 assist, while Anthony Davis registered 27 points for the Lakers. Meanhwile Jeremi Grant scored a team-high 20 points for the Nuggets, who crash out of the competition.

Jamal Murray says he was playing with a bone bruise in his right leg: “I was in pain but it’s cool…I was struggling a bit today.” Also said he has a big bruise on his foot that bothered him. He tried to change shoes but it didn’t help.

The Lakers now seek the franchise’s 17th NBA title, and will meet the Miami Heat.

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