The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will square off on Wednesday night for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. It will be an interesting, tone-setting battle that will reveal a lot about how this round will go.
Regardless of who wins, Lakers fans will be in for a treat in Game 2. On Friday night, LA will wear their beloved Black Mamba jerseys.
Miami, meanwhile, will be sporting classic Association whites.
This obviously would have been a perfect opportunity for the Heat to wear their extremely popular ViceWave jerseys, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for the Finals. They will simply be alternating between their whites and blacks.
The Lakers last wore the Black Mamba jerseys back on September 20 for Game 2 of their Western Conference showdown against the Denver Nuggets.
In that outing, Anthony Davis memorably sunk a game winner to put LA up 2-0 in the series.
Anthony Davis confirmed that he yelled “KOBE!” after drilling the game winning shot. pic.twitter.com/6b8N5Z9J7c
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 21, 2020
Afterward, he admitted that the team never wants to face defeat while wearing their Black Mamba uniforms.
“We never wanna lose in these jerseys,” he said.
Currently, the Lakers are 4.5-point favorites to emerge from Game 1 victorious and are a pretty heavy favorite to win the whole thing at -375.
Lakers fans were divided. https://t.co/3ed42RJhl2
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 29, 2020
Heat star Jimmy Butler understands that his squad is coming into this situation as the underdog, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“At the end of the day, we’re going to do this our way,” he said.
“The Miami Heat way.”
— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 29, 2020
The Lakers, meanwhile, are not underestimating their opponents.
On Tuesday, LeBron James spoke about just how much respect he has for Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra.
“I’m not gonna sit up here and act like I don’t know what Spo is all about,” he said.
“Cause he’s damn good, if not great. He probably is great because of his preparation. He prepares like it’s his last time ever coaching again every game, and I know that.”
“I’m not gonna sit up here and act like I don’t know what Spo is all about. Cause he’s damn good”
LeBron pays Erik Spoelstra the ultimate respect 💯 pic.twitter.com/JUq8tZkq8w
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 29, 2020
No matter who wins, because of the personalities involved and circumstances surrounding the 2020 postseason run, this promises to be one of the more fun NBA Finals match-ups in recent memory.
Game 1 tips off at 6:00 pm PT on ABC.