VIDEO: Heat’s Bam Adebayo puts Donte DiVincenzo on a poster
Miami Heat All-Star center Bam Adebayo lived up to his name in the third quarter of Wednesday’s Game 2 matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, when he caught an alley-oop pass from rookie guard Tyler Herro and slammed it home on Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo—who should not have even tried to jump.
Adebayo slipped a screen and rolled to the rim, allowing Herro an angle to flip a touch pass from the top of the arc over the head of Giannis Antetokounmpo. The 2020 Defensive Player of the Year could only helplessly watch as he turned around in time to catch Adebayo finishing the play.
Don’t challenge Bam 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 3, 2020
The highlight marked the most exciting of Bam Adebayo’s three field goals (at the time of writing). Late in the second half, Adebayo had 12 points (3-7 FG, 6-6 FT), nine rebounds, and three assists. More importantly, though, he was helping keep Antetokounmpo in check for the second consecutive game of the series. The 2019 (and likely 2020) MVP had just 22 points (8-15 FG) late in the game, after scoring just 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting in Game 1.
Adebayo, who finished second in the voting for the league’s Most Improved Player of the Year award for 2020 (losing out to Brandon Ingram of the New Orleans Pelicans), posted 12 points (5-12 FG, 2-2 FT), 17 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks in Miami’s impressive 115-104 win in the opening bout of the Eastern Conference semifinals matchup.
The Heat, the East’s no. 4 seed, was looking to take a commanding 2-0 series on Mike Budenholzer and the top-seeded Bucks, who are looking to avoid another premature playoff exit.