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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Despite staring at a 2-0 hole after being dominated by the Los Angeles Lakers for most of Game 2 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are holding on to a belief that they can find a way to win. Sure, they played Friday’s game without one of the team’s leading postseason scorers in Goran Dragic, who tore the plantar fascia in his left foot. And yes, they also were without Bam Adebayo, who had a strained neck and shoulder.
Still, the Heat don’t want to hear about the odds being stacked against them.
“We don’t give a s— what everybody else thinks,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the 124-114 loss. “What will it take? Whatever is necessary. Simple as that. If you want something badly enough, you’ll figure it out. Our group is stubborn, persistent, and we just need to figure out how to overcome this opponent.”
Overcoming the Lakers’ size alone and ability to overpower in the paint is a formidable task for Miami.
On Friday, the Lakers became the first team over the past 20 seasons to score 50 points