Frank Vogel: “A difficult loss to swallow. We came very close ”Anthony Davis: No pressure
The Los Angeles Lakers had a golden opportunity to win the title in Game 5. Manhandled for 40 minutes, behind 11 points in the last act, they had a terrible 17-3 which gave them 3 points in advance. had a few opportunities to break, to no avail. In the end it all happened in the money time and in this little game it was the Heat who came out on top. Obviously that’s the kind of defeat that’s hard to swallow as the title stretched out their arms.
“We will bounce back. No doubt. It’s a tough loss to swallow, there’s no doubt about it. We passed very close. We will bounce back and be even stronger. We’re going to perform better in Game 6, and we have to play better for the 48 minutes. ” Frank Vogel
“This is basketball, this is the finals. They wanted to win just as much as we did. So we will now have to go for the victory on Sunday. We had chances to break but we made too many mistakes defensively giving them wide open shots. They’re going to make us pay it every time. We have to be better in defense. Of course being so close to achieving his goals… We have another game on Sunday and this one we have to win. ” Anthony davis
During this game the Lakers were most of the time behind, and were on several occasions 11 points behind, in the first half and in the last act. Floridians seemed more determined.
“Miami plays their style of play very well. They were the aggressors tonight for sure, just like in Game 3. They won those games so maybe there is a lesson to be learned from that. ” ensure you play better during the entire 12 minutes of the first quarter. We have to make sure that the incumbents do their job and that the substitutes come in doing theirs. ” Alex Caruso
“I don’t think they are the aggressors. I think we are the aggressors as well. Obviously we can be better in a lot of ways in the 48 minutes. We will watch the video of the game and return, but I’m happy with the competitive spirit of our team. ” Frank Vogel
Now you have to seize a new opportunity on Sunday during Game 6. And be careful not to regret this opportunity. But they can count on the leaders, starting with LeBron James, not to ruminate too much on the disappointment and focus only on the game that remains to be won.
“I always stay even-tempered. Despite the ups and downs, we need to stay level-headed and move forward during this process. You have to stay in the moment, which I do, and understand that we can be better. And the way you adjust and learn the lessons in the video session and in the preparation for Sunday, that will make the difference. ” James
“We have to be aware that we are still leading in this series, and you have to use that as a source of motivation. We wanted to win this game, especially with these jerseys. But you have to bounce back, watch the video, fix the errors and start Game 6 remembering how close we were. If we don’t make those mistakes, we win the game. We have to win one game and they have to win two. You have to keep that in mind too. It’s a tough loss to swallow because we know we had this game close at hand. ” Anthony davis
They are still in an ideal position, without pressure according to Anthony Davis, and just as eager to win as their opponent.
“There is no pressure. We are motivated. We are as motivated to win this title as they are. These are two teams that want to fight. They feel they have to win every game. We feel like we have to win. We are as motivated as they are to lift this trophy. ” Anthony Davis.