Heat teammates block shot Bam Adebayo takes at himself as East finals lead vs. Celtics cut to 3-2

By Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

Published in Basketball

This time it was Bam Adebayo's teammates who stepped in to block the shot. It was the one the Miami Heat center took at himself.

They were having none of it, insisting Adebayo is more the reason why the Heat hold a 3-2 lead on the Boston Celtics in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals than, as he insisted, why they lost Friday night's Game 5.

In the wake of that loss, Adebayo cut off discussion of the Heat's 3-point woes, the emerging inefficiency of the team's zone defense, or the notion of a collective failure that extended the series to Sunday's 7:30 p.m. Game 6.

"I played like s---," Adebayo said. "Bottom line. I put that game on me. It's not my teammates' fault. It's not my coaches' fault. It's me.

"I missed too many shots I should have made. Put that one on me."

His teammates wouldn't. Nor would they hear of it when his comments were relayed.


"That's not on Bam," guard Goran Dragic said. "He should not say that.

"We know it's not like that. It's not on nobody. It's on us together as a team. We should do a better job as a team."

Statistically, Adebayo did what he typically does, filling out the box score over his 38 minutes, with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds, eight assists, a blocked shot and a steal.

But he also finished a game-worst minus-15, playing all 12 minutes in the decisive third quarter when the Heat were outscored 41-25.


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