The Heat can’t afford for him to go ice cold in the Finals.Green’s 3-point shooting has come and gone in these playoffs, but he’s shown up on the big stage before. Even last season, Green helped the Toronto Raptors win Game 3 of the Finals against the Golden State Warriors with an 18-point game that saw him go 6-for-10 from 3.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see him have another one of those nights against the Heat. Speaking of things that will be crucial: Caldwell-Pope’s 3-point shooting and perimeter defence.
He has been the Lakers’ best 3-point shooter in these playoffs and figures to draw the Goran Dragic assignment, which … won’t be easy. Caldwell-Pope could help the Lakers crack the Heat’s zone defence and help slow down their high-powered offence.The Lakers, the arguably expected Western Conference champions, are ready to go in a best-of-seven Finals series against Eastern Conference underdogs the Miami Heat.LeBron James will have Miami’s full attention, However, the ultimate weapon the Lakers have on their roster is Anthony Davis. The 6ft 10in highly-skilled big man adds value all over the court.
Davis has a beautifully-controlled soft touch around the basket, allowing him to score from difficult angles.In the mid-post, he has a solid mid-range jump shot with a high released that makes it difficult to contest. When you combine that with his incredible footwork and composure, he is able to identify a defender’s weakness, select and appropriate move from his ‘skill bank’ and go to work.The Los Angeles Lakers possess one of, if not the deadliest one-two punch in the league, with LeBron James and Anthony Davis working in perfect harmony throughout their playoff run.
While the dominant duo set the tone for their teammates, there’s another deadly duo that almost always makes good things happen for the Lakers. Caruso’s story is one of legend, working his way up from the Lakers’ G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18…fast forward to 2020 and he finds himself as a major cog for the Lakers on both ends of the floor in their quest to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Caruso’s unassuming looks and high-flying exploits have made him an internet favourite, but the 26-year-old is more than a meme. He might well be one of the Lakers’ most important players in the Finals.