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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers. Photo: Mark J. Terrill/ Associated Press

By Dr. Brandon Spradley |

To say the least, 2020 has been one crazy year. The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact the sports world like never before. Despite the ups and downs of 2020, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has made it to the end of its season.

The 2020 NBA Finals are set and ready to begin on Wednesday, September 30 at 9 pm (ET) on ABC. The Los Angeles Lakers, led by future Hall of Famer Lebron James, will face off against the Miami Heat. Interestingly, neither of these teams made the playoffs last year.

Many people believe that the Los Angeles Lakers are the heavy favorite to win the title. They have two first team All-NBA players in Lebron James and Anthony Davis. At the age of 35, Lebron continues to play at a very high level, and Anthony Davis is one of the most talented players in the league.

Even with a superstar led Lakers team, the Miami Heat should not be taken for granted. They have looked very impressive in this year’s playoffs, defeating the number 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, and the talented Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat have had a number of players to step up throughout the season, whether it was Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, or Goran Dragic.

Commissioner Adam Silver, and the rest of the NBA’s leadership team have done a good job carrying out the remainder of the season. The NBA “Bubble” has been a success so far. One more series to go! If you are interested in watching the series, here is the schedule below:

NBA Finals Schedule

  • Game 1, Sept. 30, 9 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 2, Oct. 2, 9 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 3, Oct. 4, 7:30 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 4, Oct. 6, 9 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 5 (if necessary), Oct. 9, 9 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 6 (if necessary), Oct. 11, 7:30 pm (ET) on ABC
  • Game 7 (if necessary), Oct. 13, 9 pm (ET) on ABC

Dr. Brandon Spradley is the chair of sports management at the United States Sports Academy. 

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