Heat’s Bam Adebayo brings lunch pail for Game 2 second half after Erik Spoelstra demand
After his defensive heroics in Game 1, Miami Heat starting center Bam Adebayo came back to work on Thursday night to help the Heat and Erik Spoelstra secure a 2-0 advantage over the Boston Celtics on the Eastern Conference Finals.
As expected, Boston came out swinging early in the game and took an early double-digit lead as they went up 60-47 at the half. Miami took the hit, composed themselves and came back with a powerful haymaker in the third quarter which ultimately helped them go over the hump and win Game 2.
It sure was helpful that the Heat’s sleeping giant Bam Adebayo was brought back to life by head coach Erik Spoelstra just before the second half started.
“Coach came up the third and was like, ‘I need All-Defensive Team Bam.'” Adebayo said (per Fox Sports Sun). “From there, I had to start it on defense and then my offense started to flow with it. I give credit to Spo.”
— FOX Sports Sun: HEAT (@FOXSportsHEAT) September 18, 2020
Adebayo was virtually unstoppable in the third quarter where and led Miami’s huge comeback. The Heat outscored the Celtics 37-17 in the pivotal third quarter with Adebayo scoring 15 of his 21 points in the third. The 2020 All-Defensive Second-Team member also added 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block to cap off another impressive all-around performance.
The first-time All-Star also tipped his hat to his fellow frontcourt member Duncan Robinson who had an incredible shooting night, which only opened up the floor a little more for him. Robinson was 6-12 from three-point distance which kept the Heat in the game all evening long.
The entire Heat starting lineup scored in double digits on Game 2 with point guard Goran Dragic leading the way with 25. Miami is 10-1 in the playoffs.