- Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
- Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
- Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system
Can the Miami Heat make this a competitive NBA Finals?
After a strong start to Wednesday’s Game 1, the Heat saw everything come apart quickly. Not only were they outscored by the Los Angeles Lakers 75-30 over an extended stretch during an 18-point loss that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated, worse yet Miami saw starters Bam Adebayo (left shoulder strain) and Goran Dragic (left foot) both leave the game due to injury.
While the Lakers were heavy favorites coming into the series, there was plenty of reason to think the Heat could pull the upset. Miami was favored by FiveThirtyEight’s projections, and nearly a third of ESPN’s writers and analysts picked the Heat to win the series.
How can Miami still make those projections reality?
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