The Miami Heat came into Sunday Afternoon’s game with a little turmoil amongst them. For starters, they had just finished a tough four game West Coast road trip.
On this road trip, they weren’t extremely successful. To be frank, it was a losing road trip.
They went one of three, with that one win being in the first one against Portland. They then would go on to lose the following three contests.
Losing anytime sucks, however, the Miami Heat could probably tolerate losing to a tough Denver and Phoenix team on the road, but the last one was intolerable and unacceptable.
Losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night, it was then that things began to look dire. Heading into Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, getting a win here could go a long way for the Miami Heat and especially with all they endured onto road trip.
The unfortunate thing about it all though is that they would have to do so without Jimmy Butler. With James Harden being out for Brooklyn, he had company, but then something else happened as the game opened.
The Miami Heat got a huge win, but Bam Adebayo might have just gotten enlightenment.
Kevin Durant was injured on a drive early in the first period and wouldn’t return. He sat the rest of the game, for what was described as a thigh injury on the broadcast.
It wasn’t so much about what occurred at the beginning of the game though, as much as what happened at the end. Bam Adebayo was great throughout.
He was aggressive and he was hunting his own shots. When he was doubled or when there were situations where he would typically get rid of the ball, when he didn’t need to every single time, he didn’t on Sunday.
He still kept those opportunities and took them on more occasions than not. As fate would have it, things came down to a final shot.
The Miami Heat did what was thought would never have the chance to happen in a situation like this. They gave it to Bam Adebayo with a few seconds left in the game and on an isolation-type play.
He went to work, made his move and … sunk the shot. It was probably the best thing that could have ever happened for him.
His confidence should be on a new level, as high as it’s been, or solidified beyond belief, at a very minimum. It should reflect in his play moving forward… like, from this very, single, solitary moment.
He should be different. At least, a little.
We’ll see how it helps him to continue to blossom and we hope it’s greatly and in bunches. It was a great thing to behold though, either way.
We can’t wait to see what kind of bounce this puts in his step, as they are right back at it on Monday against Houston.