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Pat Riley Clarifies ‘Asterisk’ Statement About 2020 Championship

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Even though the Miami Heat had a great postseason, there will always be the “what if” questions surrounding the championship series. What if Goran Dragic didn’t miss multiple games with the foot injury? What if Bam Adebayo didn’t have the neck strain? These are the thoughts every Heat fan thinks about every day. Heat President Pat Riley even wonders what could’ve happened in the 2020 NBA Finals.

Pat Riley’s Comment Discussion

Last Friday, Riley used the word ‘asterisk’ when discussing the NBA Finals, which received a lot of backlash throughout the NBA on social media.

“They were the best team, but there’s always going to be asterisk, that caveat,” the team president said, via the Miami Herald. “If we had Bam and Goran, Goran was our leading scorer in the playoffs, at 100 percent, it could have gone to seven games or whatever.”

On Sunday, Riley clarified his statement. The Heat president said the word “asterisk” should be attached to the Heat rather than the Los Angeles Lakers. Associated Press reporter Tim Reynolds tweeted about what Riley meant in his interview with the media.

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During Friday’s interview, Riley did say there were no excuses when asked what would happen if the Heat were at full strength. He also mentioned that the Lakers were a great team and spoke highly of their superstar duo Lebron James and Anthony Davis. With Riley clearing the air now, hopefully, the controversies that are all over the place will quiet down.

In the end, this should all be left in the past, especially with the possibility of the new season starting soon. The Heat have definitely proved that they are serious title contenders. However, they’ll have their work cut out for them in the Eastern Conference. The Brooklyn Nets’ new duo Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both returning from their injuries. The Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are still among the East’s elites. If Miami continues to bring it’s A-game, they could very well be back in the Finals next season. 

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