59 seconds on the clock.
Trae Young just proclaimed the game over.
But was it?
The answer is no, because it’s never over when you have the amount of firepower that the Miami Heat have on this roster.
A Duncan Robinson and Jimmy Butler three sent the game to overtime, which was the beginning of a 22-0 run.
Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson exploded in overtime to give Miami a win.
Not only did this game show what this Heat team can do as a team, it was also a game that showcased many player’s personal abilities.
Bam Adebayo achieved his first career triple-double, while scoring 30 points for the first time in his career.
Jimmy Butler also put up a triple-double, grabbing a career high 18 rebounds.
Duncan Robinson scored a career high 34 points, knocking down 10 threes.
Kendrick Nunn also with a career high 36 points.
This was just the beginning of what these guys are truly capable of doing. This was the first game that Bam showed his full offensive package, and obviously he still has room to improve. It was also the moment that people realized he has the ability to take over a game if needed, which is what he did in overtime. And it’s also what he did throughout Miami’s playoff run.
That Jimmy Butler triple-double wasn’t really out of the norm, since he began to do that on a regular basis in the finals. Grabbing 18 rebounds though is impressive in itself, especially since he emphasized on rebounding so much against the Los Angeles Lakers.
This also put a stamp on the shooting excellence of Duncan Robinson, since it’s not everyday that a player makes 10 threes in a game. But since so many other guys were clicking on that night, it opened up the floor for him.
And of course Kendrick Nunn. This was when Kendrick was playing at Rookie of the Year levels, since his scoring abilities were off the charts. Obviously some of the lows throughout these playoffs made some people forget about this, but it’s clear he has the ability to do it. He began to show some glimpses in the Finals, but this game was the beginning of the increase in his value.
And this was on a night where Tyler Herro scored 0 points, which may be more surprising than any of the other player’s records.
It also showed that this team was full of a bunch of dogs, who are hungry to win. After seeing their will to win in this game approximately 10 months ago, it isn’t surprising what Miami did in the playoffs.
This team is full of young and evolving talent, which is why it’ll be very interesting how much they improve by the start of the 2021 season.