The Heat All-Star was brilliant in all phases in Game 3, but Miami will need all that and more in the NBA Finals to handle the Lakers.
Davis gave up money, frayed relationships and drew the ire of the city of New Orleans when he forced a trade to Los Angeles. This is why. The moments are bigger, more legacy-defining.
Jerami Grant, a key cog for the 3-1-deficit Nuggets, has risen through the ranks to earn the responsibility of guarding the West’s best players.
The Celtics can now trot out multiple playmakers at all times, arming them with the depth and complexity required to answer a question that has been unanswerable throughout the playoffs: How do you score on Miami’s defense?
So much of a player’s development as a star comes down to how much he is willing to self-examine, how much he can endure staring at his mistakes. For Siakam, that’s doubly true.