The Miami Heat came out and gave a really mismatched effort on Tuesday night in the game that saw their streak end. Although they competed hard and hustled in most aspects of the game, the aspect of the game that has the most to do with effort is a huge part of why they got crushed.
Being out rebounded by the Atlanta Hawks, 47-26 and also being doubled up on the offensive glass to a tune of 11-5, the Miami Heat were manhandled there in an effort led by Clint Capela and his 17 rebounds by himself. That wasn’t the biggest of Miami’s issues though.
The Miami Heat’s streak came to an end Tuesday and they could have stopped it.
Jimmy Butler hasn’t played in two games when you include Tuesday night’s defeat and the Miami Heat were shooting poorly. If you look at the final score, 94-80, it is not reflective of the 1990’s-2000’s pace that the game took on for most of it.
In a game where the big gun isn’t playing, meaning you’re the next biggest gun and one in which your team isn’t scoring as they normally are, you have to take over. That’s where Bam’s next step is.
Look, we get it. Bam isn’t that kind of guy, as he’s more of a pass-first guy, however, when you have his game, his physical gifts, his skillset, and most recently, his check stubs, you have to take the shots at least.
Take this for example. Bam finished Tuesday night’s game with eight attempts.
Though he only made three of them, who cares? You have to take more shots to create more opportunities for yourself and your team if you are Bam, no matter the result.
It’s a make or miss league. We hear it all the time, it’s cliché, but it’s true.
You make and you miss shots. However, you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
When Trae Young started hitting shots to separate his team from the Miami Heat late in the game, the Heat’s best player didn’t start taking shots or making things happen for himself. That’s what really bothered me and potentially the difference in winning and losing games of this nature.
He has to if they are to have a chance to be their best selves this season. That stands whether Jimmy Butler is in the lineup or not.