Entering tonight’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals with a 3-1 lead, the Los Angeles Lakers are possibly 48 basketball minutes away from securing their 17th* NBA championship (* = some would argue that five of those belong to the great state of Minnesota).
Nevertheless, if LA does wrap things up later tonight, which Laker is most likely to take home the latest Bill Russell Finals MVP award? According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 46 percent of fans believe LeBron James has earned the Finals MVP award.
James earned roughly the same percentage of the vote as when the question was asked before the start of the Finals. However, Anthony Davis gained roughly 20 points after his play in the first four games.
The Heat have more than just James and Davis to worry about. Throughout the Finals, the Heat have battled injuries to key players. As difficult as that has made things, fans don’t think a healthy Heat team would be making much of a difference against the Lakers.
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My prediction before the Finals started (when everyone was relatively healthy) was Lakers in 6, so possibly seeing the Lakers clinch tonight isn’t much of a surprise to me. The loss of Goran Dragic has been massive for Miami, forcing them to play Tyler Herro a little too much and giving far too many minutes to Kendrick Nunn. The neck injury to Bam Adebayo hasn’t done Miami any favors either, but I, much like the fans in the latest Reacts poll, don’t think even at full strength that the Heat have enough answers to slow down the combination of LeBron and Davis.
So with all of that said, we could be looking at our last bit of NBA basketball for a long time. If tonight truly is the last official game before January or February, let’s just enjoy it and save all that G.O.A.T. talk for another day (or for another year if possible).