Miami Heat Dropped Game 2, but there are ‘wins’ to take into Game 3

Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr, and Tyler Herro of Miami Heat( Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Bam Adebayo, Derrick Jones Jr, and Tyler Herro of Miami Heat( Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat were defeated on Friday night, but there was still something to take from that game. There were still small victories to be had.

That’s right. The Miami Heat dropped their second game to the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, it was a lot more put together and competitive despite two of their major superstars, Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo, being injured and unable to play. The Miami Heat were able to keep the game competitive the entire time.

Unfortunately, the end score doesn’t reflect that. It reflects a loss, which it ultimately was. However, I figured that it would be nice to take a positive spin on it, pointing out all of the good things that happened.

The first good thing that happened was that the Miami Heat hit 29 consecutive free throws. That was a major aspect of what kept us in the game.

A majority of those free throws were made by Jimmy Butler. He was big-time in Friday night’s game. I love his work ethic and the leadership he provides this team despite this only being his first season with the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat need to be more complete on Sunday if they want to win Game 3.

Another aspect of the game that greatly improved, which I mentioned in the beginning, was the competitive nature that was put on display by the whole Miami Heat team. That, paired with the natural chemistry that they possess certainly made watching the basketball game last night more enjoyable.

The good news is this… Bam Adebayo has a chance to play on Sunday night, which may prove to be a huge factor in securing our first win of the NBA Finals. The question remains though: What needs to be done in order for us to get that elusive first victory?

The answer is simple. We need to come out with the hot hand that we had in Game 1, which got us that early 13 point lead but pair it with the competitive nature of Game 2.

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Combined with hopefully having at least one of our major superstars back, a few guys including them potentially having big games, and that should secure us a victory. Will it happen though?

That remains to be seen. We will be watching along, but one thing is for sure, this series is a lot closer than it seems and if we can match Game 1’s opening run with Game 2’s intensity, Game 3 should finish with a different result.