In Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals, the Lakers defeated the Heat by an overwhelming advantage and won a good start. The result of the game may be expected by many people. But the plot of the game is somewhat surprising.
Before the finals, whether it is Lakers coach Vogel's prospects or the outside world's forecast analysis, they all believe that Howard will be a big killer to limit Adebayor. Prior to the Western Conference Finals, Howard's defensive appointment teacher showed a very young attitude, which made people look forward to Howard's play in the Finals. And today the game started, Howard also continued to replace McGee in the starting game as expected.
However, the opening performance of the Heat disrupted Vogel's deployment. Adebayor frequently offered to help his teammates score in high positions, and Howard was also constrained to be "not up to below." The Heat played fiercely, leading the Lakers by 13 points.
Seeing such a situation, Vogel decisively removed Howard, let his thick eyebrows go to the fifth position, abandoning the twin towers to play a small lineup. After the change, the Lakers quickly caught up to the score and once extended the lead to 32 points.
This kind of game trend can also be seen through the data and performance of Howard and Thick Eyebrow.
Howard, who started the game, only played for 15 minutes. He didn't make a single shot in a sports game. He only scored two points through free throws. Moreover, among the Lakers' five starting players, he is the only player with negative plus or minus. This, of course, was largely due to the period when the Lakers were 13 points behind in the opening game.
And the thick eyebrows played 38 minutes, 11 of 21 shots, 2 of 4 three-pointers, 10 free throws, 34 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. He was the first player in the Lakers' victory.
This is very embarrassing-Howard looked at his thick eyebrows raging under the basket, his eyes full of him 11 years ago.
In 2009, 24-year-old Howard played the finals for the first time. At that time, he was the only existence in the league who could change James alone, a nightmare for the league's major inside defenders.
The small lineup of the Lakers is of course only relative to their twin tower lineup. With thick eyebrows facing the Heat's insider group, this lineup is naturally not "small".
The most extreme case occurred when there were 9 minutes left in the third quarter. After Nong Mei grabbed the offensive rebound, he failed to make a layup, grabbed the offensive rebound again, and made a good tip.
This time he attacked, his thick eyebrows were one to three. And the three opposite, Butler, Crowder, Adebayor, all of them are ruthless characters. However, Adebayor, the No. 1 center in the East, was at a loss as a kid who could not play.
Another background of this ball is Howard.
One minute later, Howard once again framed his thick eyebrows on the offensive end. He received the ball at the three-point line and then divided it to the thick eyebrows who had already fallen low, who made a slam dunk easily.
Put it aside until that year, how can Warcraft deserve this job?
In all fairness, just talk about the dominance of the basket, Howard back then can be more than today's thick eyebrows. But the difference between the two today is not just the difference in age and body. Compared with Howard at his peak, today's thick eyebrows are more in line with the small ball era. He can shoot three-pointers, can cope in high positions, and even become a playmaker, becoming the original organizer of an offense. The center skills of these small ball eras were what Howard could not. In other words, they were all used by Howard. After all, if you fall into a low position and play singles with your back, that monster can shred 99% of the inside of the alliance...
In this context, Howard's transformation today is even more commendable. Although it is too late for his technical transformation, at least his mentality has been completely corrected this season. As he said after the game today-
"No matter what I can provide him (Brother Thick Eyebrow), I will try to help him."
Howard watched his thick eyebrows ravaging the basket, his eyes full of what he was like 11 years ago.
It’s a pity that in 2009, the 24-year-old WoW did not have a 36-year-old James by his side...