Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo has to attack Brook Lopez more

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11)(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) shoots against Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11)(Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Miami Heat are down 0-2 in their opening round series against the Milwaukee Bucks and headed home for what is to be a crucial Game 3 matchup. With only a few on the Miami Heat’s team being offensively impactful in this series, thus far, they must find a way to generate some offense for themselves.

While simply hitting shots is the most practical approach, sometimes, that isn’t as easily done as said. However, something that they can certainly do is this.

They can put themselves in a better position or better positions to score the ball if they adjust their tactics. While there are a few that could be mentioned here, the one that sticks out the most is the play of Bam Adebayo.

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The Miami Heat need Bam Adebayo to attack Brook Lopez in the paint if they want to have a shot at winning this series.

For two games now in this series, Brook Lopez has manned the painted area. When a Miami Heat player drives the lane, he’s there.

When the rebound comes off the glass, he’s there. Even when Bam Adebayo catches the ball on a face-up and outside of the paint, Brook is still in the paint and at the rim, specifically.

Here’s the thing about that though. In the instances with Bam Adebayo, it often looks like this.

Bam catches the rock, faces up, and then there is about 3-5 feet of space between him and Brook Lopez, who is standing right in front of the rim. There is but one answer, option, or solution here.

Bam has to attack Brook, go right at him, and something good will happen. He will likely get a good shot off.

He’ll also get fouled a lot there too, if not both the shot conversion and the foul. At the very least though, he can create an easier shot for one of his teammates.

Listen, we want Bam to score. However, even if he isn’t looking to do that, making Brook Lopez engage you helps your team.

If he is worried about you, at the very least, he has to step up. If he steps up, that’s an easier driving lane for teammates, say… Jimmy Butler?

Because Bam isn’t attacking him with his chances, Lopez is able to, essentially, play defense on everyone by staying at the rim. Bam isn’t making him make a decision… but he needs to.

Bam has to force him to choose one or the other. The only way he can do that is to make him pay for continuing to lay back at the cup.

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Bam has all the ability, skill, and know-how, but he just has to want it and want to. That’s why, he just has to attack Brook Lopez more.