Gallagher’s NBA Matchups: October 9

This could be the last night of the NBA playoffs, and the Lakers are sporting their Black Mamba jerseys in hopes they can close it out to help honor the legend Kobe Bryant. The Lakers are 4-0 in these jerseys and scored 120.0 points per game, including one of the biggest shots of the postseason when AD hit the buzzer-beater against the Nuggets.

We know coach Erik Spoelstra is not going to pull any punches, and after Game 3 he said he can’t afford to sit Jimmy Butler for many minutes. With Bam Adebayo getting a game under his belt, he and Tyler Herro should also get a ton of minutes as the Heat look to extend this series.

Unfortunately, the Heat probably won’t have Goran Dragic (foot). On Tuesday, the broadcast showed Dragic really upset after he went through warmups, and it’s clear he can tell his body is failing him at the most important part of his career so far. He’s probably not going to be out there again, so Spo will really have to count on Jimmy and Herro while Nunn had a nice bounce-back game on Tuesday.

Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (-7), 9:00 pm ET
Team Totals: Heat 104.5, Lakers 111.5
Injury News: Goran Dragic (foot) is doubtful, Gabe Vincent (knee) is questionable, Anthony Davis (heel contusion) is probable, LeBron James (groin) is probable, and Danny Green (finger) is probable.
Heat Expected Starters: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler, Jae Crowder, Bam Adebayo
Lakers Expected Starters: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard

Heat Rotation Notes: Two minutes of Olynyk next to Bam Adebayo, four minutes of the Jae/Iguodala PF/C frontcourt (with Herro, Jimmy, Nunn), final eight minutes had no subs (Herro, Duncan, Bam, Jimmy, Jae), Kendrick Nunn had a 17-minute stint in the first half (eight in second half), Duncan and Herro didn’t have overlap in 2Q.

Lakers Rotation Notes: Markieff Morris started 3Q (Dwight or McGee not out there at all after first seven minutes), LeBron has three straight 12-minute fourths (three in previous playoff games combined), Rondo and KCP closed in the backcourt (AD, LeBron, mostly Morris).

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