Lakers Forward Kyle Kuzma Reveals Team’s Mentality Heading to Decisive Game 6

Published 10/11/2020, 3:01 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James celebrates with guard Rajon Rondo and forward Kyle Kuzma (top) during game three in the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are just one win away from becoming the NBA champions after a decade long wait. They lead the series 3-2 and have the chance to put the series to bed in Game 6 after a disappointing last outing.

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The Miami Heat bested LA by 3 points in Game 5 to avoid elimination. What’s more, the basketball gods were on their side as Lakers guard Danny Green bottled a wide-open three towards the end of the game, effectively handing them the win.

The mistake cost the LA-based franchise heavily and overshadowed the amazing performances that LeBron James and Anthony Davis put in.

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Ahead of their Game 6 bout, Kyle Kuzma revealed the aftermath of the horrible mistake by DG. “Everyone has been really on edge.

“Everyone has been really focused on attention to detail and what we have to do with all coverages. Just everything little, all the little things. Everybody is locked in.”

Kuzma further commented on the locker room situation after their fateful ordeal. “We kind of beat ourselves throughout the game to get to that point… It was the right play. It was the right shot, and we just live and die with that.”

As Kuzma said, what happened cannot be changed, and the Lakers made the correct play. However, DG came up short where it mattered the most and it led to a heart-crushing defeat.

Can the Los Angeles Lakers finish off the Miami Heat in Game 6?

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) handles the ball against Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the second quarter in game five of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler and the Heat have been on a Cinderella run this postseason. However, they are still one game away from making the series level at 3 games apiece.

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Jimmy Butler has proved his critics wrong and is playing arguably the best basketball of his career. But even with these valiant efforts, the Lakers remain the favorites to lift the NBA trophy.

The Lakers have two superstars in AD and LBJ that can turn the tides at any given moment. That is what the purple and gold require them to do in Game 6.

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Will the Lakers be able to crush Miami’s hopes of a title on Sunday night?

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Aikansh Chaudhary

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Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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