The Milwaukee Bucks secured a 109-107 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday afternoon.
Despite a valiant effort by last year’s Eastern Conference champs to steal Game 1, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton proved to be too much to handle.
After the fact, a number of issues were pointed to as problem points for Miami: poor shooting, allowing Antetokounmpo too many clean looks (which, fortunately, he didn’t really connect on), and not controlling the glass.
One in particular that really stood out, however, was the play of Bam Adebayo.
Adebayo scored just 9 points on 4-of-15 shooting, and while his 12 rebounds did mitigate that to some degree, it still left an offensive hole that the Heat simply couldn’t find a way to fill.
After the fact, Goran Dragic called out Adebayo’s play, noting that the big man needed to assert himself more.
“I feel like he needs to be more aggressive,” said Dragic.
“I’m not saying to take that midrange shot. But, you know, he got that ability to put the ball on the floor and be more physical and try to challenge them at the rim. I know Lopez is big, but I think Bam has that quality, he can do it many ways, he can score may ways against him. So, we’re gonna have to watch the film and see how we’re going to attack them in the next game. Hopefully, we’re gonna make some changes.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 21, 2021
This is going to be a big series for Miami. If they can get it together, secure a few wins, and come out on top over Milwaukee for the second straight year – it’ll be hard to argue the efficacy of this particular roster.
Should that not happen, though – then expect to hear trade rumors around one particular superstar heat up yet again.