The Miami Heat looked like they would give the Los Angeles Lakers all they could handle in this year's NBA Finals for about seven minutes. Miami went on a 23-10 run to start the game. Then it all fell apart as the Lakers surged back and blew the Heat out of the water. But it wasn't just because LA was unconscious from 3-point land, or that the Lakers went 25-for-27 from the charity stripe.
Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Goran Dragic all went down with injuries at one point or another. Butler hurt his ankle, Dragic tore his left plantar fascia, and Adebayo had to leave the game for what the Heat later classified as a neck strain. Adebayo and Dragic are both considered doubtful for Game 2. And -- hot take incoming -- that really sucks!
Injuries are part of the game. But the NBA Finals is when basketball should be played at its highest level.