The Miami Heat came into Saturday night’s game fresh off a road victory against RJ Barrett and the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Turning MSG into FTX Arena, at times it seemed, they would actually be back in their home domicile for Saturday’s contest against the San Antonio Spurs.
With an opportunity for Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, to come in and tie the all-time wins record as a head coach(Don Nelson at 1,335), it would be up to the Miami Heat to keep that from happening. With the Spurs getting out to a massive first period, it looked as though the Miami Heat wouldn’t be able to stop them.
To be quite frank, they wouldn’t be able to. However, they would be able to outscore them and largely due to the offense of Bam Adebayo.
With a fervor unseen since his career-high 41 point performance against Brooklyn last season, Bam proceeded to own San Antonio in every facet of the game. He defended like the madman that he always is, while he attacked at every given moment on offense.
For so long, you have wanted Adebayo to be as aggressive as humanly possible and Saturday night was an example of how it should look all the time. The core point of it all though is this—it’s really that simple for him.
The Miami Heat got a win on Saturday night on the back of a huge Bam Adebayo game. It’s as simple as his own volition to attack for Bam.
All he has to do is attack, continue to attack, and attack some more if that doesn’t work out. Just look at the possessions!
He wanted it, that’s the difference. If the Miami Heat really plan to win an NBA title, which they are fully capable of this year, then Bam Adebayo has to be this guy every chance he gets.
That would be every minute he’s on the floor and while it may not result in him taking a shot every single possession, his aggression can only be good for his team. The simplest example is that it will allow his other teammates to be more open.
If he’s playing this way, the opposition has to guard him closer, with more attention, and possibly with more than one guy. Hopefully, the same attitude continues throughout the remainder of the season, especially in the next contest.
It’s a showdown that will specifically go a long way towards helping determine the leader in the East, as they face the Chicago Bulls on Monday night. If this Bam shows up again, they shouldn’t have a problem taking care of their conference-leading counterparts for a third time this season.