What a weird day Friday had to be for LeBron James. President Trump took a shot at him early in the day, returning fire after months of scorn from James on social media. Trump called him “nasty” on the Rush Limbaugh radio show, and also referenced the NBA’s record-low TV ratings during the playoffs. For those who have lost interest in the NBA or are not watching the Finals for whatever reason, they missed quite a show on Friday.
The Heat won a thrilling Game 5 111-108, denying the Lakers a chance to clinch the 17th title for the franchise. What a shame this series was not enjoyed by fans in person, with abysmally low television ratings, fans are missing an exciting, drama-filled series.
The key play in this game occurred when Laker Danny Green missed three-pointer in the final seconds that could have won the Championship for Los Angeles. Jimmy Butler was amazing for the Heat, playing all but one minute of the game, scoring 35 points and recording a triple-double.
“His will to win is remarkable,” Coach Eric Spoelstra said. “To do that in 47-plus minutes and take the challenge on the other end … every young player coming into this league should study footage of Jimmy Butler, a definition of a two-way player competing on both ends. Remarkable, exceptional.”
The only bubbles the Lakers expected to deal with Friday night were the ones flowing from the expensive bottles of champagne they hoped to douse each other with. Instead, inside the NBA bubble in Orlando they remain and the NBA Finals series with Miami has become very interesting. The people not watching are missing out.