Slowing down Bam Adebayo will be Celtics biggest challenge vs. Heat
Bam is another non-distance shooter, but he has put up 16.2 points per game in the postseason on 54% from the field. He sits behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo in rebounds pulled down in the playoffs (11.7 RPG - 7 or more games played). Oh - yes, and he is a decent assist man, passing off for 4.8 assists/game in the playoffs. He is a handful down low, on both ends of the floor. He is strong and versatile. He will be a tough assignment for Daniel Theis and Rob Williams.
Bam Adebayo in his first year as a full time starter:— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) September 9, 2020
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It gets worse. Covering the perimeter is going to be a real chore for the Guys in Green. Goran Dragic, Tyler Herro, Jae Crowder and Duncan Robinson are hitting 38%, 40%, 40% and 39%, respectively, from beyond the arc thus far in the post season. Focusing on Bam and Jimmy Butler could prove disastrous for Boston.
Herro (14.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.3 APG in post-season) is a rookie but hasn't played like one. Robinson is in his second season and is averaging double-digit points in 26 minutes per game. The Celtics have no one putting up double-digit points other than Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. The Miami Heat definitely get the nod for having a better bench.
The Toronto Raptors box-and-one defense threw a real wrench into Kemba Walker's production in that series, and he is due for a breakout. There isn't a team in the League that can stifle the offense attack of the Jay Team for very long. And we can expect Smart to guard every position - and most opposing players - with his usual ferocity. Boston needs a fifth double-digit scorer, and his name is Gordon Hayward. He would make the difference.
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