Lakers coach Frank Vogel knew centers JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard would be key factors against the Nuggets, and the big men were sharp in a Game 1 victory.
The Miami Heat are not in control of the Eastern Conference Finals — just two wins from the NBA Finals — without the combination of Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic. They are the shot creators, the two penetrating into the paint, breaking down the Celtics' defense, then kicking out to shooters. Butler is an All-NBA
Tom Brady had a chance to defuse the Bruce Arians drama on Thursday. He declined.