The Miami Heat were demolished in game 2 of this series in Miami. The Heat lost that game to the Celtics by 25 points. Coming into game 3 some were writing the Heat off and saying they couldn’t bounce back. The Heat proved the doubters wrong. They defeated the Boston Celtics 109-103 to take a 2-1 series lead in the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged that Bam Adebayo came up huge for the Heat. He spoke on Adebayo’s big performance postgame.
“He did his version of what Jimmy does: ‘Do what’s necessary for the game,'” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Tonight we needed the scoring and we needed that offensive punch early on. Then, when Jimmy was out in the second half, he just stabilized us,” Spoelstra added. “It got a little gnarly out there and when it did, we were able to get the ball to Bam and just get something coherent.”
Bam Adebayo stepped up huge after struggling in games 1 and 2 in Miami. Adebayo scored 31 points on 15-for-22 shooting from the field. Adebayo also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists on the night. He played 42 minutes as well. Adebayo spoke postgame about the Heat’s bounce back performance in game 3 after getting blown out in game 2.
“In the previous game, as everybody noticed, they beat us like we stole something,” Adebayo said. “That should wake everybody up. Getting beat at home like that, that says it all.”
More Heat Contributions
- P.J. Tucker scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out an assist.
- Max Strus scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists.
- Kyle Lowry scored 11 points, grabbed a rebound, and dished out six assists.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals is Monday, 5/23 in Boston. Tip-off from the TD Garden is at 8:30 pm Eastern. The game will air on ABC.