Gameday Rundown: HEAT Open NBA Finals Against Lakers

Game starts at 9PM on ABC
Miami HEAT

Miami HEAT at Los Angeles Lakers 

Wednesday, September 30th @ 9:00PM

NBA Finals, Game One

Location: AdventHealth Arena at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports

TV: ABC

Start time: 9:10PM

Radio: 790AM, MIX 98.3FM (Espanol)

Uniform: Icon - Black 

Item of the game: Free NBA Finals patch with purchase of a full price adult jersey 

Series Notes:

- The HEAT and Lakers met two times this regular season with LA winning both of those matchups.

- The HEAT is 27-37 all-time versus the Lakers during the regular season, including 18-14 in home games and 9-23 in road games. Additionally, the teams enter this postseason having never faced each other in the postseason.

What to watch for:

The HEAT are making their sixth NBA Finals having captured three NBA Championships in their previous five appearances. They have now become the first No. 5 seed to reach the Finals in league history.

- Miami became the first team over the last 20 years to enter the NBA Finals after having three different leading scorers in each of their previous three postseason series, joining the 1999 Spurs, 1990 Pistons, 1988 Lakers and 1985 Lakers who each went on to win the NBA Championship that season.

- Pat Riley has now reached the NBA Finals in six-straight decades, including the 1970’s (Player), 1980’s (Coach), 1990’s (Coach), 2000’s (Coach & Executive), 2010’s (Executive) and 2020’s (Executive).

- The HEAT have connected on 199 three-point field goals this postseason, the most during a single postseason in team history. 

- Tyler Herro has scored in double-figures in each of Miami’s 15 playoff games, becoming the first rookie in NBA postseason history to score at least 10 points in their first 15 playoff games as a reserve.

- Chris Silva (groin) and Gabe Vincent (knee) are questionable for game 1.

HEAT Category Lakers
112.2 POINTS PER GAME 113.9
107.2 OPPONENT POINTS PER GAME 106.5
.459 FG PCT. .498
.452 OPPONENT FG PCT. .450
.357 3-PT FG PCT. .355
.821 FT PCT. .747
42.9 REBOUNDS PER GAME. 43.7
41.8 OPPONENT REBOUNDS PER GAME 37.2
25.1 ASSISTS PER GAME 25.9
7.47 STEALS PER GAME 8.53
13.5 TURNOVERS PER GAME 15.9
14.1 OPPONENT TURNOVERS PER GAME 15.4
4.13 BLOCKS PER GAME 5.73
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