Q: Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro? It’s good to be 2-0 up, but I can’t help but worry about their start. – Marc, Arlington, Texas.
A: And that’s reasonable. But that too is part of the ensemble composition of the Heat. Tuesday was mostly an outlier with Jimmy Butler being so dominant with his 45 points. But for the Heat it was usually one player one night, another player another night. Look, it’s not like Kyle Lowry was overwhelming in Tuesday night’s win, either. Now, if Bam Adebayo is going through a whole series like this, then concern would increase, especially if Joel Embiid is next. Similarly, the Heat will need something closer to Tyler Herro’s sixth man of the year in order to last. For now, though, it’s about doing what’s required in the moment. You see, Duncan Robinson went from hero in Game 1 to zero (scores, shots, 3-point tries) in Game 2. But yeah, you’re right, there has to be more than Herro’s 1 of 8 on 3-point attempts this series, or Adebayo’s 7.5 scoring and 5.0 rebound averages. But that’s 2-0 again. So imagine the possibilities with something more.
Q: It never gets old. The NBA Playoffs are about superstars having great games and fans having fun. Jimmy Butler was phenomenal. Erik Spoelstra said you can look at all the numbers and stats, but superstars know how to win in the playoffs. – Stuart.
A: And with less, the Heat could be 1-1 en route to Atlanta. Jimmy Butler saw what was needed Tuesday night and took it from there. And it certainly helped that Clint Capela wasn’t there to stop the Hawks’ defense.
Q: Is it too early to get excited about the ’76? You look really good. – Jeffrey, Miami.
A: Yes they do. And yes, it’s too early. First, the Heat must take action against the Hawks. Then the 76ers need to show they can win in Toronto, where Matisse Thybulle is ineligible to play due to his unvaccinated status. However, unless Scottie Barnes makes it back for the Raptors, I’m not sure Toronto has enough to make up for Philadelphia’s weapon variety and depth. But that’s a matter for another day. The playoffs are about living in the moment or, in the case of the Heat, preparing for their moments in Atlanta.
https://www.twincities.com/2022/04/20/ask-ira-can-heat-sustain-with-this-version-of-adebayo-herro/ Can Heat last with this version of Adebayo, Herro? – Twin Cities