After a 121-108 Game 5 loss to the Celtics, Bam Adebayo was very critical of his play. He made up for his "terrible" performance Sunday night as he had a dominant outing in which he had 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists. In fact, he was dominant all series long and is the main reason the Celtics will now have to leave the bubble. During the 6 games series, the Miami big was averaging 21.8 points with 11 rebounds.
After dropping Game 5 to Boston, Bam Adebayo says: “I played like s—t. Bottom line. I put that game on me. Not my teammates’ fault. Not my coaches’ fault. Me.”
The main way Miami was able to give the Boston defense trouble was with the pick and roll. The Heat have many great shooters and they showed that throughout this entire season. Brad Stevens and the C's knew they had to get up on the shooters on the screen. With Miami using the pick and roll, that allowed Bam to get the switches he wanted and got him some great looks at the basket. Adebayo, who made his first all-star appearance this year, was making all the right decisions once he rolled off of the screen.
He finished this series averaging 5.2 assists per game and did a fantastic job helping the shooters of Miami get good looks. His screens, and just his presence alone, brought a lot of looks to their shooters. There were many plays throughout the series where Bam rolls off the screen, and just a simple fake pass to him opened up so much space for shooters on the wing, and it hurt the C's. Bam had an all-around great series. He shot 60.7% for the series while shooting 77% from the free throw line. He also shoots mid range jumpers with confidence and they have been falling for him.
Defensively, Bam wasn't much fun for the Celtics to deal with either. Bam was averaging 1 block a game while also averaging 1.6 steals per game including a monster Game 3 in which he had 2 blocks and 3 steals. As much as us Celtics fans try, we unfortunately can't forget in Game 1 when Bam figuratively and literally blocked the Celtics from getting that win. Bam is a great player and he gave the Celtics trouble that most fans expected he would. It was a tough series and Boston is off to gear up for next year, but Bam will look to continue his dominance against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.