Dave Hyde: Bad loss, big injuries — the dream becomes a Game 1 nightmare for Heat

By Dave Hyde, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

Every time you thought it couldn't get worse, it got worse. Goran Dragic didn't come out for the second half. Injured.

Bam Adebayo trudged off to the locker room in the third quarter. Injured.

The Los Angeles Lakers already had the game in hand, their lead rising like bread from 17 points at half to 20 points after three quarters to, well, you'd turned if off before it reached 32 points, didn't you?

It was an all-nightmare game, all night long, the Miami Heat's 116-98 loss in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. As in, everyone had something horrifying happen to the point it was a nightmare for all. Go down the list.

For Dragic and Adebayo, their disappearance suggest something that's not going away by Friday's Game 2.

For Jimmy Butler, it was a twisted his ankle at the end of the first half and wasn't the same thereafter. Add him to the injury list.


For Duncan Robinson, it was being switched off constantly onto LeBron James. That didn't go well.

For Pat Riley, it had to be watching the Heat make a remarkable, even magical, run to reach these NBA Finals and watching LeBron James pop the bubble on the first night. And if not LeBron with 25 points, Anthony Davis did with 34 points.

Yes, that was the Lakers. That's the team many wondered how the Miami Heat could stop when healthy. That's the one-two combination of two of the game's best you can't appreciate until you're in the middle of it.

Hello, darkness, my old friend?


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