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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For the Los Angeles Lakers, the mission is simple: Get two more wins and become NBA champions. For the Miami Heat, the mission may be even more simple: Get one win and make this a series. Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Sunday night, the Lakers holding a 2-0…Game 3 of NBA Finals looms, Lakers leading Heat 2-0 so far — Boston Herald
Game 3 of NBA Finals looms, Lakers leading Heat 2-0
By ASSOCIATED PRESS |PUBLISHED: October 3, 2020 at 12:43 p.m. | UPDATED: October 3, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — For the Los Angeles Lakers, the mission is simple: Get two more wins and become NBA champions.
For the Miami Heat, the mission may be even more simple: Get one win and make this a series.
Game 3 of the NBA Finals is Sunday night, the Lakers holding a 2-0 lead in the title matchup — putting the franchise within reach of a record-tying 17th championship, LeBron James closer to his fourth ring and Anthony Davis perhaps a few days away from his first crown. They know desperation is coming from a banged-up Miami team, since Game 3 is almost certainly a must for the Heat.
“We’re never giving up,” Heat forward Jimmy Butler said. “We’re going to fight and we’re going to ride with this thing until the wheels fall off. It’s not over. We’re just down 0-2, so we’ve got to do something special. We’re capable of it and I wouldn’t want to be in the trenches with any other guys except for the ones that we have.”
Thing is, Butler isn’t certain which guys will be in those trenches Sunday.
All-Star center Bam Adebayo missed Game 2 with neck and shoulder problems, while starting point guard Goran Dragic also couldn’t play because of a torn left plantar fascia. Adebayo is hopeful that he could be well enough to play Sunday; Dragic wants desperately to be out there as well, but the Heat have concerns about how painful it would be for him.
Saturday was scheduled to be a day of more round-the-clock treatment for Dragic and Adebayo. If the Heat get either of them back, it’s a bonus.
“We can either fold or fight like the Miami Heat do,” rookie guard Tyler Herro said. “We know what kind of team we are. We know what we are capable of. Next game, we are going to fight and make some plays. It’s not going to be easy.”
The Lakers also say the same. They are, however, making things look easy.
The biggest stat differences in the first two games are the Lakers outscoring the Heat by 27 points from 3-point range (the total difference in scoring between the teams is 28) and a 25-11 edge so far in offensive rebounding.
“We know we can be a lot better and we’re just, myself and AD, we’re not satisfied with just the win,” James said. “We want to be great. We want to be great, as close to 48 minutes as possible.”
The Lakers not named James or Davis are shooting a combined 39% — but the two superstars are more than making up for that, shooting a combined 59%. If that’s what it takes, Davis isn’t complaining.
“We know we have something special with us two and this team, and just trying to capitalize on it,” Davis said.
Being in the NBA Finals 10 times now means James has seen just about everything, which also means he can sound whatever alarm he wants.
Only four teams have come back from 2-0 deficits in the finals. James was on the most recent club to do it, the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers who were down 2-0 and 3-1 before rallying to beat the Golden State Warriors in seven games for his third title.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was an assistant coach in 2006, when Miami rallied from down 2-0 against Dallas for that season’s championship. Like James, he knows it can be done.
“What will it take? Whatever is necessary. It’s simple as that,” Spoelstra said. “If you want something badly enough, you’ll figure it out. Our group is extremely stubborn, persistent, and we just need to figure out how to overcome this opponent. And that we respect the quality, high quality of opponent that we’re playing. You’ve’ got to figure it out and overcome it.”
There does seem to be a clear sense outside the Miami and Los Angeles locker rooms that the series is over.
There are already questions being asked about whether James or Davis should be the NBA Finals MVP. Whomever was at the controls of the social media accounts for the National Basketball Retired Players Association on Friday night predicted Game 2 would be a 91-point win for the Lakers.
The Lakers aren’t celebrating early. But if Davis and James keep going like this, the Lakers’ chances are looking pretty good.
“You know, we are not there yet. We have a long way to go,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “This is a very resilient basketball team that we are playing and a team that just flew through the East. We have great respect for them. But those guys are playing at an extremely high level, and hopefully we can get two more wins.”
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With quarterbacks from both teams testing positive for COVID-19, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both closed their team facilities on Saturday, according to multiple reports. They will not reopen until Monday at the earliest, per a report from Albert Breer of The MMQB. The Patriots and Chiefs were scheduled to play Sunday […]NFL Rumors: Patriots, Chiefs Close Facilities After Positive COVID Tests — NESN.com
With quarterbacks from both teams testing positive for COVID-19, the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs both closed their team facilities on Saturday, according to multiple reports.
They will not reopen until Monday at the earliest, per a report from Albert Breer of The MMQB.
Per sources, both the Chiefs’ and Patriots’ facilities will be closed both today AND tomorrow. More coming in a story that’s posting shortly, but that narrows the window to play the game in Week 4.
If they play it, that’s why it’ll almost certainly be Tuesday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) October 3, 2020
The Patriots and Chiefs were scheduled to play Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, but the game was postponed Saturday after New England starter Cam Newton and Kansas City practice squadder Jordan Ta’amu both tested positive for the coronavirus.
The NFL has yet to set a new date/time for kickoff, saying only that the game would be “rescheduled to Monday or Tuesday.”
A source confirmed Newton’s positive test to NESN.com’s Doug Kyed. Ta’amu’s was first reported by NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.
The Patriots released a statement Saturday announcing a player on their roster had tested positive late Friday night.
“The player immediately entered self-quarantine,” the statement read. “Several additional players, coaches and staff who have been in close contact with the player received point of care tests (Saturday) morning and all were negative for COVID-19.”
Patriots-Chiefs was the second NFL game to be postponed this week. The Tennessee Titans’ matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers was moved to Week 7 after a fifth Titans player tested positive.
As of Saturday afternoon, 16 members of the Titans organization reportedly had tested positive, including eight players.
Nine Padres pitchers combined to shut out the Cardinals in Game 3 as they won their first postseason series in 22 years.Padres shut out Cardinals 4-0 in Game 3, reach NLDS — MLB | NBC Sports
Craig Stammen and eight fellow relievers combined on a four-hitter in a brilliant, record-setting effort that sent the San Diego Padres over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Friday night in the deciding Game 3 of their NL wild-card series.
The Padres won a postseason series for the first time in 22 years and advanced to face the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series at Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday.
The nine pitchers marked the most used in a nine-inning shutout in any big league game since 1901.
With starters Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet unavailable due to injuries suffered in their final regular-season starts, rookie manager Jayce Tingler was forced to tap the Padres’ already-stressed bullpen and it came through magnificently. San Diego became the first team in baseball history to use eight or more pitchers in three straight postseason games.
Trevor Rosenthal, who started his career with the Cardinals, struck out the side in the ninth and the Padres began to celebrate in empty Petco Park.
It’s the first postseason series win for the Padres since they beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1998 NLCS and only the second time they’ve won a playoff game at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The Padres lost to St. Louis in the division series in 2005 and 2006, the last time the Padres were in the postseason. The Cardinals also eliminated the Padres in 1996.
All four division series feature matchups between division rivals. All seven Central teams lost in the first round, with the Cardinals joining Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota.
Fernando Tatis Jr., who homered twice and drove in five runs in Thursday night’s wild 11-9 victory, doubled into the left-field corner off losing pitcher Jack Flaherty with one out in the fifth and scored on Eric Hosmer‘s two-out double to right-center.
Rookie Jake Cronenworth homered in the eighth.
With spectators watching from balconies on buildings surrounding the outfield and on a big-screen TV in a nearby parking lot, the Padres rewarded their long-suffering fans by winning one of the most meaningful games of any kind in San Diego in a long time. The city’s only major professional championship remains the San Diego Chargers’ 1963 AFL title. The Chargers left for Los Angeles after the 2016 season, leaving the Padres as the only pro team in San Diego, which lost NBA teams to Houston and Los Angeles.
The Padres lost 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers in the 1984 World Series and were swept by the New York Yankees in the 1998 Fall Classic.
The 36-year-old Stammen, who hadn’t started since 2010 with the Washington Nationals, pitched a perfect first inning and made way for Tim Hill with one on and two out in the second. Hill retired Matt Carpenter, got the first two outs of the third and then handed off to Pierce Johnson. Johnson loaded the bases on a single and a walk but struck out rookie cleanup hitter Dylan Carlson.
St. Louis had another scoring chance in the sixth when Yadier Molina hit a one-out double off rookie Luis Patino and took third on Paul DeJong‘s grounder. Patino got Dexter Fowler to fly out to the warning track in right-center to end it.
The bullpen had been one of the Padres’ strengths coming into the season but lost several members to injuries, including closer Kirby Yates, who led the majors with 41 saves last year. General manager A.J. Preller replenished it just before the trade deadline.
Stammen had a seesaw regular season, going 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 24 appearances.
Flaherty was brilliant as well, allowing one run and six hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking two.
The loss ended a season that saw the Cardinals shut down by a virus outbreak in the early going. Manager Mike Shildt’s team earned a playoff spot by last Sunday by winning on the final day of the regular season.
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Lakers assistant Phil Handy and Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala don’t know each other all that well. And yet whenever the end of the NBA season rolls around, they’re always running into each other. Well, in a manner of speaking. Handy and Iguodala are the two men who have competed…Lakers’ Phil Handy, Heat’s Andre Iguodala share an uncommon NBA Finals bond — Daily News
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