Bam Adebayo speaks out on Heat’s ‘underdog’ label after reaching NBA Finals
After being counted out all season long, the 5th-seeded Eastern Conference team will take on the heavy favorites Los Angeles Lakers. Adebayo understands that his team will once again be the underdogs against the mighty Purple and Gold, but it seems he savors the opportunity of proving doubters wrong. Per USA Today’s Michael Sotto.
“We’ve been underdogs our whole life. Everybody up here has got a chip on their shoulder from something. It’s a tossup when you get in the Finals. We’re not backing down from anybody, and that’s what I like about this team,” Adebayo described his team post-game, after his incredible 4th quarter performance in Game 6.
Bam Adebayo once again showed why he was named an All-Star for the first time this season, as he willed through a bothersome wrist to have the game of his life on Sunday. The 23-year-old Kentucky product stepped up when it mattered the most, tallying a strong double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes while shooting an efficient 11-of-14 from the field.
The Heat and the Celtics traded leads midway in the final period, with the momentum shifting in Boston’s side following Jaylen Brown’s steal that led to an easy lay-up. But Adebayo put on his cape from then on, completing an and-one play in the ensuing possession and anchoring the Heat’s scoring binge in the final five minutes of the game.
With the win, Miami became the first fifth-seeded team to reach the NBA Finals. Bam Adebayo and the Heat will have until Wednesday to rest and recuperate before taking on the Lakers in Game 1 of the Finals. Adebayo will certainly need to raise his game to an even higher level in the Final series, as he is set to take on the best big man in the game today, Anthony Davis.