Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Bam Adebayo has strong words for Celtics after a dominant performance

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The Miami Heat clinched a big win against the Boston Celtics on January 24th. Miami fought back from a double-digit hole in the final frame and assembled a 15-0 run to fuel the comeback. The Heat walked away with a 98-95 win over the reigning Eastern Conference champions for their 15th win in their last 22 games.

A driving force behind Miami’s late resurgence was star center Bam Adebayo. Adebayo put on a dominant performance against Boston, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He even hit the eventual game-winning shot with less than 30 seconds to play.

After the game, the big man was asked if he was motivated by the game being broadcast on national television. The 25-year-old responded by citing the Miami-Boston rivalry as his motivation for showing himself.

“No, it was the rivalry,” Adebayo explained about Brendan Tobin. “They eliminated us from the Eastern Conference Finals last year. So I feel like a lot of guys on our team wore that.”

It is clear that the players have not forgotten the hard-fought series against the Celtics. After losing Game 7 at what was then FTX Arena, the Heat watched as the visitors lifted the trophy and celebrated on their home floor.

While Adebayo might have had some things to say about the Celtics, Boston’s interim head coach Joe Mazzulla had his own thoughts.

Mazzulla addressed the Heat’s attitude on the track and their ability to convert key possessions.

“There were just two good teams out there,” Mazzulla said via NBC Sports Boston. “They ended up making a few more games than we did.”

Boston’s coach on how opposing zone defenses changed the game in the closing minutes.

“They went into their zone and we didn’t have the distance that we needed,” he explained. “We didn’t get the look we were supposed to have. I thought we had the right staff on the floor, against the zone, we just didn’t get the looks we should have gotten.

As the Heat continue to gain traction and win together, the NBA trade deadline of February 9th is fast approaching.

It’s not clear if Miami plans to be a buy or sell team in the next few weeks. But if they decide to sell some key players, there will be at least one suitor for Kyle Lowry.

In a Jan. 24 article, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor listed a few players the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in completing a trade. Among them was the 36-year-old heat guard.

“League sources say the Clippers are also interested in Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet,” he wrote. “Lowry makes $28.3 million and his decline with the Heat has been even more apparent this season than (Mike) Conley’s dip with the Jazz. Conley ranks 84th on our top 100 NBA players ranking while Lowry completely failed in the last update.”

The Philadelphia native is about halfway through his contract with the Heat, and many fans believe he didn’t meet his nearly $30 million salary. Lowry has played in 40 of Miami’s 49 games this season, playing 34.2 minutes each time. The six-time All-Star averaged 12.6 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, with 40.5% shooting from the field and 33.5% shooting from off the arc.

As the Heat continue to gain traction and win together, the NBA trade deadline of February 9th is fast approaching.

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