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Bam Adebayo calls out team for not living up to Heat culture

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Bam Adebayo does not think the Miami Heat are living up to their fans’ expectations.

Speaking to the media following Miami’s 120-100 loss to the struggling Detroit Pistons, Adebayo called out the team for not living up to the culture the Heat are known for, via Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press.

“We didn’t play to … the Miami Heat culture that we represent,” Adebayo said. “We’re built on the culture. The culture is take a bunch of guys, counted out, overlooked, and you figure it out. Right now, we’re not doing it.”

The Heat are not playing well to start out the 2020-21 season, currently on a three-game losing streak with a record of 4-7.

While still early in the season, the Heat have to right the ship quickly if they hope to make a run for the playoffs, especially in a strengthened Eastern Conference with a few teams off to surprisingly-hot starts like the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

While the Heat were able to make the NBA Finals last season, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games, they have not been a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference in recent years as much as they were during the Big Three days of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.

In the last five years, they have alternated making it to the playoffs, with their furthest run outside of last season’s push to the finals occurring in 2015, losing to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.