Los Angeles Lakers clinch 17th NBA Championship Title

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Los Angeles Lakers defeat Miami Heat Oct. 11 in the 74th NBA Finals.

Alex Ivanuska

History in the making as the Miami Heat took on the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 NBA Finals. These Finals, unlike any other, took place in the NBA Bubble in Orlando. The Lakers being the heavy favorites in this series, looked to take care of the Heat with ease.

“I thought we had kind of a team that was a couple of superstars and we had a team that was really just more team-oriented,” said physical education and basketball coach Matthew Storrer. “ Yes, they had a really good player in Jimmy Butler and some other good guys but I think they were a better team. I shouldn’t say just team because they didn’t win, but I felt like the Lakers had the advantage with Lebron (James) and Ad (Anthony Davis) being the superstars. I thought it was a cool matchup to see a team with a couple of superstars going up against a team who really gelled and played well together.”

In the end, it was Lebron James who brought home the Finals MVP, averaging 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. However, outside of James and Davis, it seemed to be the Lakers role players who stepped up in the big moments.

Junior Dontue Trevillion-Todd believes the Lakers players played a big role in winning the Finals.

“Rajon Rondo stepped up and scored a lot off the bench,” Trevillion-Todd said. “Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a lot as a point guard and he was playing his role. Alex Caruso played really good defense which helped a lot too, I didn’t expect them to step up and play how they played.”

Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up a combined 21.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game. According to sophomore Jotell Jones, their performances as role players were much needed for the Lakers to win this title.

“Rondo’s performance with his playoff experience helped the Lakers and especially doing that off the bench,” Jones said. “With KCP (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) starting, I feel like him knocking down the shots that he is presented to by Lebron helped the Lakers tremendously with winning the title.”

On the opposing side, Jimmy Butler poured in 26.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 9.8 assists a game in the finals. He led the Heat in points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks throughout. Butler’s performance seemed to be a surprise for some fans.

“I like the type of player Butler is,” Storrer said. “He played hard the whole time and yeah he is very talented but I honestly think the way he plays, makes up for some of the lack of talent towards other superstars. Personally, I wouldn’t consider Jimmy Butler a superstar. I think he is a really good player, but he showed a lot to me and I became even more of a fan of him throughout the playoffs and finals.”

In the end, it was the Lakers and Lebron James coming out on top and winning the 2020 NBA Finals. Lakers fan, Dontue Trevillion-Todd seemed to not doubt the result, even going into these finals.

“I thought it was a good matchup and it would be a tough series for the Lakers, but overall I thought we were going to come out with the win.”