The Only Way Left For The Heat To Stop LeBron

Oct 1, 2020
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LeBron James and the Lakers crushed the Heat in Game 1, so how do Jimmy Butler and the rest stop the Lakers? #LeBron #Lakers #Heat
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Game 1 happened. A blowout. Lebron had his way and could get whatever he wanted. Anthony Davis was too much for them to handle. And on top of that, Dragic got injured, Bam Adebayo had a shoulder strain, and Butler looked hobbled. And let’s not try to fool anyone, the Lakers were the favorites, they have the two best players on the court by far. I don’t know why Lakers fans be trying to make themselves the underdogs in ever series, we a good team. Look I just wanted a fun finals, you know gritty, competitive, maybe a little physical. I didn’t want injuries to be another talking point like last year but here we are again. Yet there’s a slight sliver of hope for the Heat to do something, at least to slow down LeBron or confuse the whole Lakers offense and maybe just maybe they can pull it off. It’s clear to see that while yes Anthony Davis was dominant, LeBron was the orchestrator of nearly everything and when the Heat were making a mini-comeback, it was LeBron who was like heck nah and just blew by and bullied defenders to keep the Lakers out of reach. LeBron played like he was the most experienced out there, he was getting mad with missed switches when his team was up by 25, but nothing the Heat did rattled LeBron. Bam got hurt but only after the Heat were down by 29. Butler sprained his ankle after the Lakers had a 30 point swing.
We’ve seen this happen before with LeBron and we have some of the same people involved. The 2014 NBA Finals. LeBron was on the Heat, the Spurs were led by Gregg Popovich and a cast of championship vets and a young defensive prospect enacting a spread team style of basketball. Those Finals would end up being the most lopsided series in NBA history at the time, the biggest margin of victory. But it wasn’t dependent on the Spurs crazy offense. The Heat never scored 100 points or more in 5 games. Yes pace was slower, but they were stopped in their tracks. LeBron averaged 28.2 points on 57% from the field, 52% from 3 with over 6 3 point attempts a game. That looks amazing right, well that was the point. The Spurs knew that there was no exact way to stop LeBron, even with Kawhi and team defense, so let him have it. Let him be the alpha, let him be the dominant scorer. LeBron throughout his career has always tried to involve his teammates, for better or worse. There’s even a term for it, passive LeBron. Drop down on LeBron, take away his passing options, and force him to be a jumpshooter. That’s been the MO, the template that the Spurs developed all the way back in 2007. That was when LeBron really didn’t have any help. And LeBron shot 35% from the field, averaged 22 points and 6.8 assists because he would either force a pass to teammates to try to create something or shoot a long jumper.
The Heat have Erik Spoelstra as a head coach who saw the Spurs defense first hand and how it shut down the whole Heat offense. Let’s look at the tools at his disposal. He has Jimmy Butler who is savvy, a smart defender with his hands, and enough strength. They have Iguodala who by no means can stop LeBron, but legit got Finals MVP for bothering LeBron enough. Curry should’ve gotten that Finals MVP but you get the point. They have Bam Adebayo who Butler has called the heart and soul of the team and more importantly, can match up with Anthony Davis, specifically trying to deny him the ball. Now let’s say the Heat don’t have Bam Adebayo. Well then let’s point to another style of defense that has worked that is less reliant on individual defenders, the zone.
The Heat have used a zone concept on defense against the Celtics which is interesting because it shows their confidence to rely on it in big moments and since that has also worked in the past against LeBron. The Dallas Mavericks in 2011 ran a zone defense that frustrated LeBron, clearly. And guess who saw that too, yup Erik Spoelstra.
Now comes the tough part, Anthony Davis. AD is capable of getting whatever he wants. The whole point of having Dwight Howard start is so that Bam would be forced to guard Dwight instead of AD. The Heat can easily remedy this by going bigger, especially because they have the personnel and making sure that Bam is always matched up with AD. That’s a common practice in playoffs, to minute match. This option disappears if there is no Bam.

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  • So what's the series gonna be? School project so help the boi out: www.nballday.com Twitch: www.twitch.tv/mjallday2k

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY7 months ago
    • Khaison Graham new zo

      Adrian LazaroAdrian Lazaro7 months ago
    • @Clip beast no Bam, no Dragic man AD will sweep y'all by himself on the court 🤣🤣🤣🤣

      Grimey 90sGrimey 90s7 months ago
    • @Clip beast wow chill lol ur hurt 😂 #GetSweptBOIIIIII

      Grimey 90sGrimey 90s7 months ago
    • iso

      PRECIOUS ERASMUSPRECIOUS ERASMUS7 months ago
    • Kyle Lowry I agree

      kalculuskalculus7 months ago
  • Umm, it did not work.

    Jaime Mallari YTJaime Mallari YT6 months ago
  • Lakers in 6...

    VeryUltimateAndEpicDogVeryUltimateAndEpicDog7 months ago
  • IM not a team Fan IM a LeBron fan so I like follow where LeBron goes

    Jobelle TugaffJobelle Tugaff7 months ago
  • I was saying lakers in 6 sence before bam was hurt and im sticking with it

    Xtinct RverseXtinct Rverse7 months ago
  • Butler just dropped a 40 point triple double

    Smoove SnagzSmoove Snagz7 months ago
  • Am I the only one who hates his voice?

    Yau ChouYau Chou7 months ago
  • LOL

    TGor2340TGor23407 months ago
  • It sound like you want the Lakers to win I understand

    Gary AlmightyGary Almighty7 months ago
  • Just give AD and lebron covid problem solved

    Retro g33kRetro g33k7 months ago
  • laker in 4,5,6

    Isaiah ScottIsaiah Scott7 months ago
  • A tripple double by Jimmy Buckets. 🤣🤣🤣.

    World TourWorld Tour7 months ago
  • 4-1

    Darkest Berrios- SilverDark23Darkest Berrios- SilverDark237 months ago
  • No offense to MJ2KALLDAY (lol cant believe i just typed all that) but these are fucking terrible takes all he said was miami should run zone with like 5 or 6 memes sprinkled in every 10 seconds so it makes the video longer. Also you said the heats best chance of beating the lakers was them running a 2-3 zone but if u actually watched the game you would see that bullshit didnt work out too well. AND WHAT DO YA KNO MIAMI WINS GAME 3 WITHOUT ZONE D OR BAM FUCK UR TAKES AND VIDEOS THEY SUCK AND ARE SO FUCKING REPETITIVE YOURE LITERALLY A COPY PASTE MACHINE

    DeucesDeuces7 months ago
  • Fun fact : Jimmy Butler saw this and crushed Lakers after watching this Lol ;)

    Andrew - Brawl StarsAndrew - Brawl Stars7 months ago
  • Just want to say the Heat won Game 3 without bam 🔥🔥

    Melbert EstollosoMelbert Estolloso7 months ago
  • Stop lebron that shouldn’t be there worry it’s ad 💀

    Da GoatDa Goat7 months ago
  • the answer is simple. If AD gets injured, Miami champion

    Ozdemir OzcelikOzdemir Ozcelik7 months ago
  • You should stop making these kind a vidss

    bendang jamirbendang jamir7 months ago
  • Jimmy just had a monster game! If Jimmy and the heat step up they still have a chance.

    Alex CervantesAlex Cervantes7 months ago
  • well well well

    great meetingsgreat meetings7 months ago
  • Rondo can assist though and lebron didn’t have rondo back then

    Caca Out of my butCaca Out of my but7 months ago
  • Who is here after heat won game 3

    haha jsjhaha jsj7 months ago
  • this video didnt age well with recommending the zone XD

    RuclovRuclov7 months ago
  • Lakers in 7

    Benjamin CanoBenjamin Cano7 months ago
  • So basically no Bam = Heat are shit out of luck

    TheDarkDenialTheDarkDenial7 months ago
  • Ilike the video bro

    KaBos*KaGon TVKaBos*KaGon TV7 months ago
  • The heat are getting sweeped???🤣🤣🤣

    Wyattthaboii_YT _Wyattthaboii_YT _7 months ago
  • I’m gonna go with lakers in 5 or 6

    Daviyon TimbrouckDaviyon Timbrouck7 months ago
  • The only way the heat win is if ad and LeBron somehow spontaneously combust lol

    MonkeyDLuffyMonkeyDLuffy7 months ago
  • A 5th ring could do it for him

    Finnian FanningFinnian Fanning7 months ago
  • New KYRIE

    Adrian LazaroAdrian Lazaro7 months ago
  • At that time Lebron James wasn't clutch . He didn't have alot of confidence in his fadeaway shot . He also didn't have one step back fadeaway shot. He shoots more with confidence and poise now . The man also has develop an act for reading defensive strategies from opposing teams . He knows how to make adjustments on the fly. LJ is extremely complete NBA prodigy. There's nothing you can ask from his game anymore. He's a winner and a franchise's dream player .

    Robert VasquezRobert Vasquez7 months ago
  • Lakers in 4 Lol

    Rohit PatelRohit Patel7 months ago
  • So what was the only way to stop lebron?

    robert Jrobert J7 months ago
  • I saw the like button change numbers after decimal

    ⸻⸻Wasim Ahmed⸻⸻⸻⸻Wasim Ahmed⸻⸻7 months ago
  • lakers 4 or 5

    MistyFrazerMistyFrazer7 months ago
  • Im a fan of.....MJ SIKE im a fan of mami heat

    troller jordantroller jordan7 months ago
  • 2014 3 points was not used that much.

    BigBro's GamehouseBigBro's Gamehouse7 months ago
  • We’re not the underdogs everybody just want us to fall flat on our face

    Fuck All ThatFuck All That7 months ago
  • Bring the #6 LeBron in the Miami start line up and let's see if he can stop LeBron #23. 😂😂😭😂😂😂

    Solitude Wonderland of RieSolitude Wonderland of Rie7 months ago
  • I got 5 on it

    James JewellJames Jewell7 months ago
  • the only way left for the heat is to bring back lebron. hehehehe

    Jeffrey AlvarezJeffrey Alvarez7 months ago
  • You talk as if LJB is not experienced enough for them to make him a shooter, he got jump shot now. Heck, he got AD and Rondo who is a floor general as well and he can play offball.

    NearphNearph7 months ago
  • lakers... in 4

    Arijit MahapatraArijit Mahapatra7 months ago
  • I can't even understand what your saying, you're murmuring.

    Majdi AtienzaMajdi Atienza7 months ago
  • Lakers gonna sweep :cccccc

    BJL 999BJL 9997 months ago
  • Finally! Someone who gives LeBron credit

    LalhmangaihzualaLalhmangaihzuala7 months ago
  • Lakers in 5 🤷🏻‍♂️ heat should’ve let Celtics comeback 😭 it would’ve been a way better finals ! We need Tatum & brown to take that next step & become superstars to win a chip & I believe it’ll happen #BleedGreen☘️

    Chavo 860Chavo 8607 months ago
  • Thanks for telling us but the heat aren’t watching this shit

    MOBILE MANIACMOBILE MANIAC7 months ago
  • What can the Heat do to stop Anthony Davis is a better title 😂😂😂

    Joel San AgustinJoel San Agustin7 months ago
  • This wont work he got Rondo.

    Ra ReRa Re7 months ago
  • Lakers in 4. Too bad about Bam and Dragic.

    Forgiven SinnerForgiven Sinner7 months ago
  • Lakers in 7

    Martin BMartin B7 months ago
  • It's not happening bro just admit it Lakers won it this year

    JUSTDO ITJUSTDO IT7 months ago
  • Heat need to stop caruso from scoring (lakers gear 1 up everytime he scores) n rondo from making plays (his 10assists is 20-30 points). Heat need to play faster in defense n outscore the hell out of the Lakers. They can't stop LeBron or AD, but they need to stop every1 else.

    Frazer M.Frazer M.7 months ago
  • If heat wants to win a single game, they must stop AD not LeBron.

    Liamrae BinbinonLiamrae Binbinon7 months ago
    • That’s exactly how they won last night 😂

      AntGetJiggyAntGetJiggy7 months ago
    • You nailed it

      Rave NikkoRave Nikko7 months ago
  • But that's the problem. Bam can't matchup with AD

    Ronnie SmithRonnie Smith7 months ago
  • Who else loved the SoLLUMINATI clip?😂

    WickWick7 months ago
  • The East still the East.

    ImBarryScottCSSImBarryScottCSS7 months ago
  • Ran the zone game 2 lebron picked it apart. This series is over.

    Brandon ObrienBrandon Obrien7 months ago
  • Put 6 men on the court

    Nyill GriffinNyill Griffin7 months ago
  • They did that in game 2. So what can you say?

    coy balanaycoy balanay7 months ago
  • Miami in 8

    Rkla88Rkla887 months ago
  • None at all, I’m not disrespecting the New Heatles in any form or fashion. They just don’t have the fire power to do anything against us at all

    Joe LinnenJoe Linnen7 months ago
  • There isn’t a way lmaoooo

    Ezekiel BukerEzekiel Buker7 months ago
  • Ironic how Spoelstra was defeated by the Spurs and now his possible only way of winning is using the Spurs method.

    Alvaro DAlvaro D7 months ago
  • I feel like people are underreating AD all the vids are "How to stop lebron?" And there like kobe and shaq, there duo, no ones carrying, if you ask me whos better, ill say AD but its my opinion

    Connor Pugs StanConnor Pugs Stan7 months ago
  • Lakers just as hobbled, having Danny green on the court is like us missing two guys. Dude cant hit a shot in an ocean. You have him drop a ball from a helicopter into the ocean and he will still somehow miss.

    Lex LuthorLex Luthor7 months ago
  • Heat players watching this like 👀

    Ashu AdeAshu Ade7 months ago
  • Heat taking notes 📝 rn 👀

    Angel Plays2kAngel Plays2k7 months ago
  • Heat in 6. Just kidding:)

    everyday codeeveryday code7 months ago
  • 4-0 bro no doubt heat don’t have the size

    SLIM JONESSLIM JONES7 months ago
  • Jimmy gotta drop 40

    Love HeneganLove Henegan7 months ago
  • Lakers in 3😂

    Leking AsghedomLeking Asghedom7 months ago
  • Omayewa mo shideru 🤣🤣🤣 Iove it !!

    Louie LaceLouie Lace7 months ago
  • Heat in 7

    I’m DectasI’m Dectas7 months ago
  • LOL EASIER SAID THAN DONE

    Edward Paolo PakinganEdward Paolo Pakingan7 months ago
  • Lakers can win this chip without lebron playing

    Rayyan KhanRayyan Khan7 months ago
  • Ok you stop Lebron... what u do with AD lol... not to mention the supporting cast lmao

    Rayyan KhanRayyan Khan7 months ago
  • make a video who will be the MVP davis or lebron

    jenzell mabagosjenzell mabagos7 months ago
  • Heat coming back game 3,4,5,6,7

    Savage Birdhouse Skater 305Savage Birdhouse Skater 3057 months ago
  • Who's here after the lakers destroyed that 2-3 zone ed while shooting terrible from 3

    clout scoutclout scout7 months ago
  • Get jj barea

    jencen blancojencen blanco7 months ago
  • HEAT IN 7

    Armand SyabilArmand Syabil7 months ago
  • With the injuries its a sweep lol

    Ok BudOk Bud7 months ago
  • 😂ppl are saying anything to make this series seem interesting

    Desman RobinsonDesman Robinson7 months ago
  • The question for me is more to stop AD than LeBron.

    Nicolas M.Nicolas M.7 months ago
    • Nicolas M. Yes. Because he’s 7 footer so he is expected to have a chance to shoot more since no one is a match up for his height. But seeing they still focus on Lebron that they leave AD open shows they are more afraid of Lebron

      MCMC7 months ago
  • Im sorry im a heat fan but the only way to win is to injure him

    Otr MikeOtr Mike7 months ago
  • What’s the original video of that wow effect

    Thad MathisThad Mathis7 months ago
    • ProGamer YT tried it

      Thad MathisThad Mathis7 months ago
    • Just search for it

      ProGamer YTProGamer YT7 months ago
  • I actually think you can't force bron shooting too much he can drain those already his shooting improve

    TictactoeTictactoe7 months ago
  • Y'all saying veteran wade and young bron tf they were drafted on the same year including bosh

    TictactoeTictactoe7 months ago
  • Wag ka magpataka ug pasagad ha..klaru na kaayo na lupig Ang Miami bsan 💯 percent pa tanan Ang player sa heat lupig japon sila..Mao NG ayaw ug pataka dha yaw2

    Mark June KilapkilapMark June Kilapkilap7 months ago
  • this vid didnt age well 1. lebron is not primary scorer 2. lakers just dismantled the zone earlier 3. lakers d is beginning to be a huge headache for heat despite the amount of calls theyre getting

    KidJVKidJV7 months ago
    • it would be the sixth time the lakers will dismantle the heat zone defense (2-0 in regular season, potential 4-0 in finals)

      Muhammad Rizki SatriaMuhammad Rizki Satria7 months ago
  • At miracle stance - LAL wins the chip 4- 1

    Sakar AdhikariSakar Adhikari7 months ago
  • Lakers injuring heats best players, doesn’t that sound familiar

    Yessir JYessir J7 months ago
  • Miami heat coach searching this video up 👁️👄👁️

    ImF1oowImF1oow7 months ago
  • Yeah game 2 they got crushed again

    Earl ReneauEarl Reneau7 months ago
  • Will he respond

    Rashard randallRashard randall7 months ago
  • stop giving them ideas mj

    smokesmoke7 months ago
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