Miami Heat: Welcome back to the bubble Kendrick Nunn & what timing!

Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) shoots the ball against Los Angeles Lakers(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat needed all hands on deck Friday if they were going to extend this series. They got ‘all the hands’ and they got the victory.

The Miami Heat were but 48 minutes away from elimination on Friday night entering their Game 5 matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers. Just one more defeat on Friday and it would have been all over.

The Miami Heat’s miraculous run to the Finals would be finished. The NBA Bubble experience would be no more.

The NBA season would officially be done. But Jimmy Butler and company said… not so fast.

Jimmy Butler came out and put on another clinic, similar to that in which he put on for Game 3. He proceeded to put up another NBA Finals triple-double of 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists, mere days after putting up only the third 40 point triple-double in NBA Finals history.

That isn’t too shabby alone, but especially when you throw in his block and 5 steals. The man simply left it all out there on the court Friday night and that isn’t coach speak.

The Miami Heat got a huge victory on Friday. Kendrick Nunn was a huge part of the reason why.

He literally left it all out there. Jimmy Butler received some help though, which was crucial to the Heat winning the game.

Duncan Robinson stepped up to sink some big shots on Friday, but it wasn’t him who has our attention right now. After falling out of the rotation in the bubble, Kendrick Nunn re-emerged on Friday night for the Miami Heat.

It was his timely shotmaking and playmaking skills early on that helped the Miami Heat get out to a big lead. Even though the Lakers closed that gap, if it had not been there in the first place, does that mean the Lakers use that gap-closing run to take a lead?

Probably so, but Kendrick Nunn’s performance helped ensure it never had a chance to happen. After having the regular season that he did, he couldn’t have expected his NBA bubble experience to go this way.

Heck, none of us did either but as they say, good things come to those who wait. That went for both us and Kendrick Nunn on Friday.

Nunn finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and three assists. We will continue to need this type of production moving forward to have a chance for the ultimate upset.

Next. Tyler Herro should have been third pick and we all know it now. dark

His unique combination of quickness in all areas and a confidence to match presents an issue for LA. They can’t time or predict him, which has been good and bad for the Miami Heat all year.

Let’s hope it continues to work in our favor. On Friday night though, it absolutely did and he was a huge part of the reason we won.