Bam Adebayo Has Strong Words For Celtics After Dominant Performance

Bam Adebayo Miami Heat

Getty Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat reacts.

The Miami Heat were able to grind out a big win over the Boston Celtics on January 24. Miami battled back from a double digit hole in the final frame, piecing together a 15-0 run to fuel the comeback. The Heat walked away with a 98-95 victory over the reigning Eastern Conference champs, which marked their 15th win in their last 22 games.

A driving force behind Miami’s late surge was star center Bam Adebayo. Adebayo put together a dominant performance against Boston, scoring 30 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. He even knocked down the eventual game-winning shot with under 30 seconds left to play.

After the game, the big man was asked if he was motivated by the game being broadcasted on national television. The 25-year-old replied by citing the rivalry between Miami and Boston as his motivation for showing out.

“No, it was the rivalry,” Adebayo explained via Brendan Tobin. “They booted us from the Eastern Conference Finals last year. So, I feel like a lot of guys on our team carried that.”

It’s clear that the players haven’t forgotten the hard-fought series against the Celtics. After losing Game 7 at the then FTX Arena, the Heat watched the visitors lift the trophy and celebrate on their home floor.


Celtics’ Mazzulla Sends Strong Message About Heat Comeback

While Adebayo may have had some things to say about the Celtics, Boston’s Interim Head Coach Joe Mazzulla had thoughts of his own.

Mazzulla touched on the Heat’s poise down the stretch and their ability to convert on important possessions.

”It was just two good teams out there playing,” Mazzulla said via NBC Sports Boston. ”They made a few more plays at the end than we did.”

Boston’s coach how the opposing zone defense changed the game in the closing minutes.

“They went to their zone and we didn’t have the spacing we needed,” he explained. “We didn’t get the looks we should have. I thought we had the right personnel on the floor, against the zone, we just didn’t get the looks we should’ve gotten.”

Clippers Interested In Trading For Heat’s Kyle Lowry: Report

As the Heat continue to find their footing and string wins together, the February 9 NBA Trade Deadline moves closer and closer.

It’s not clear if Miami plans to be a buying or selling team over the next few weeks. But, if they do decide to sell off some key players, there will be at least one suitor for Kyle Lowry.

In a January 24 article, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor listed off a few players that the Los Angeles Clippers have interest in making a trade for. Amongst them was the 36-year-old Heat guard.

“League sources say the Clippers are also interested in Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet,” he wrote. “Lowry makes $28.3 million, and his decline with the Heat has been even more apparent this season than (Mike) Conley’s dip with the Jazz. Conley ranks 84th in our Top 100 NBA Player Rankings, while Lowry fell out entirely in the most recent update.”

The Philadelphia native is about halfway through his contract with the Heat, and many fans believe that he hasn’t played up to his near-$30-million salary. Lowry has appeared in 40 of Miami’s 49 games this season, playing 34.2 minutes each time. The six-time All-Star has averaged 12.6 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.5 rebounds per game on 40.5% shooting from the field and 33.5% from beyond the arc.

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