Heat’s Butler & Bam ‘biggest disappointments’ in playoffs: B / R
After winning the NBA title last season with less than two games, the Miami Heat were tragically swept away in the first round of the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks.
While Game 1 was a more biting overtime loss, the Heat lost 132-98 in Game 2, suffered an embarrassing 113-84 loss in Game 3.
Playing at home in Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena for Game 4, the Heat had a lead over the Bucks for the first time in the entire series in the first half. However, Miami ultimately fell from 120-103. It was the second time in franchise history that the Heat had been swept away in the playoffs.
Before the prognosis on May 29, Launderer report called All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in “Dan Favale’s Biggest Surprises and Disappointments 1 Week After NBA Playoffs.”
Favale wrote: “What really happened for the Heat is unimaginable. They drag the Bucks 3-0, the equivalent of a death sentence in the playoffs… Less predictable and more disturbing are the performances of their two superstars.
Jimmy Butler’s three-point volume increase did not diversify the attack. It shoots 30.6% from behind the rainbow and 30.8% inside the arc. His free throw volume has been reduced and he only shoots 42.9% from the basket (6 of 14), compared to 67.4% in the regular season.
Bam Adebayo looks even worse. Its attack mode continues to come and go, and it hasn’t generated the same number of quality opportunities. Only 27.5% of her looks come to the basket, a far cry from her 41.9% regular season share. It is 1 in 7 (16.7%) of two outside the paint and 10 of 29 in total (34.5%) of two outside the restricted area.
Miami is now focused on getting a big superstar for next season
After a sweep, Heat chairman Pat Riley won’t wait to start taking action to put this roller coaster season behind them and focus on next year. While Victor Oladipo hasn’t been able to provide the All-Star boost Riley was looking for, the Heat already have their eyes on plenty of big names to sign this summer.
Miami would be the possible destination for Kawhi Leonard, Tim Hardaway Jr., Kyle Lowry, Bradley Beal and DeMar DeRozan.
Favale wrote: “If they don’t pack Kyle Lowry or Kawhi Leonard – both of whom may need the Heat to chisel in more space for the caps – they’ll hardly have splashing avenues. They could use squad options on Dragic and Andre Iguodala as pay ballast for a Herro-starred deal, but a downward sophomore campaign from the former likely caps his outgoing value.
Money and cap space will be a huge deciding factor in balancing incoming talent and the current Heat players they will step down in free agency. “What that entails is complicated,” Favale noted.
“The Heat has two tent stars in Butler and Adebayo, plus a path to over $ 20 million in ceiling space while carrying restricted free agent holds for Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson… They are now heading to this summer with a list. overrun with one-sided players beyond their stars and wiggle room they can’t use as intended. “
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