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The NBA Finals could be over as soon as Friday night. The Los Angeles Lakers hold a 3-1 series lead over the Miami Heat, which means they’ll have three chances to close things out. Golden State Warriors fans unfortunately know all too well that no 3-1 lead is safe, so Game 5 should be an intense affair in what has been a fun series.
Whenever the Finals end, a former Warrior will get another ring. The Lakers employ JaVale McGee and Quinn Cook, while the Heat have Andre Iguodala. But, with all due respect to those Forever Warriors, the story of the series is the stars: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Jimmy Butler.
So which one will win Finals MVP? James and Davis both have compelling cases, and Butler will be a lock should the Heat manage a comeback.
According to the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, 46 percent of NBA fans believe that James will win the award for the fourth time in his illustrious career.
James earned roughly the same percentage of the vote as when the question was asked before the start of the Finals. However, Anthony Davis gained roughly 20 points after his play in the first four games, in which he averaged 25.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks, while shooting 54.5% on threes.
But the Heat have had more to worry about than just those two stars. They’ve suffered two brutal injuries in this series, to All-Star Bam Adebayo and starting point guard Goran Dragic. Still, most fans think the Heat — who ran through the East despite being the fifth seed — would still be in trouble without the injuries.
So what do you think? Who should win Finals MVP if the Lakers close things out?
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