Miami beat Boston
The Miami heat go up 1-0 on the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Final. Thanks to huge performances from Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Jae Crowder and Bam Adebayo.
#MIAvsBOS Final: HEAT 117 – Celtics 114
🔥 Dragic 29 Pts, 7 Rebs, 4 Asts & 1 Blk
🔥 Crowder 22 Pts, 5 Rebs & 2 Blks
🔥 Butler 20 Pts, 5 Rebs, 5 Asts & 2 Stls
🔥 Bam 18 Pts, 6 Rebs, 9 Asts & 2 Blks
🔥 Herro 12 Pts, 11 Rebs & 9 Asts pic.twitter.com/oNuEklcABc
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) September 16, 2020
Biggest play of game 1
Social media is going crazy after what many are calling the block of the year. Heat center Adebayo prevented Celtics Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final moments that would have threatened Miami to an additional overtime quarter.
Bam really blocked this 🤯 pic.twitter.com/YnXZ8EHCjn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 16, 2020
NBA legends Magic Johnson and Dwayne Wade quickly went on social media calling the play the best defensive play he’s seen in the playoffs.
Bam Adebayo’s block on Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt was the best defensive play I’ve seen ever in the playoffs!!!!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) September 16, 2020
Jimmy Butler on Adebayo performance
Miami’s Butler, who put up a big-time 3 point shot in the forth, said this about the block after the game: ”That’s a winning play, putting your body on the line and rotating the way that he did. We talk about it. We go through it over and over. Bam’s been our savior on the end so many different times throughout the year.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also echoed what many in the locker room and organization say about Adebayo. ”Those are habits and instincts that he’s willing to put himself out there. That could be a poster dunk and a lot of people aren’t willing to make that play and put themselves out there”
Heat center gives his input on the play
Adebayo who was second in votes for the NBA’s Most improved award had this to say: ”My emotions were everywhere. Everybody else around me was happy. It’s one of those things it doesn’t hit you until the game is over. When it happened, I was looking at the clock like, `We still got time. Let’s go ahead and close it out.’ We did that but after that we celebrated and we’ll focus on the next game.”