The Miami Heat are hoping Bam Adebayo‘s last-second shot to sink the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday does more than just win a game. They are hoping it can help get things really moving in the right direction.
“A season can turn around after a game,” Adebayo told reporters. “Crazier things have happened in this league.”
The defending Eastern Conference champions sported a 29-28 record through Sunday. That puts them at seventh place in the playoff seedings. It also signifies a fairly uneven season for a team that made a run to The Finals in the bubble to close 2019-20.
Along with Jimmy Butler, Adebayo offers the Heat one of their greatest reasons for hope. Not only is Adebayo a capable and athletic producer of points, but he also showed off his defensive skills vs. the Nets, switching onto and doing a nice job against Kyrie Irving.
Coach Erik Spoelstra says that type of versatility is what make Adebayo the type of player any team would covet — and the Heat are especially happy to have.
“It’s just not about scoring,” Spoelstra said. “That’s the hard thing in this league, that the main thing people look at is how many points people score. Bam has so many things that he does for us that are important for us to be successful.”