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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Mark Medina says that a Lakers’ championship would be one of the storied franchise’s greatest after a year of adversity. USA TODAY

It’s not the situation anyone envisioned for the NBA Finals when the 2019-20 season began last October, but .

The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat open the NBA Finals in the Disney World bubble Wednesday night (9 p.m. ET, ABC). The matchup is one most observers likely didn’t consider at the beginning of the season, or even when games restarted in July after the COVID-19 pandemic shut the league down for four months.

Still, there are plenty of juicy story lines to make the series

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