The Miami Heat look like one of the best teams in the league as of right now, and are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference with a 10-5 record. There's still a large portion season left to play, but the Miami Heat defense has looked stifling thus far.
The team is coming off a disappointing playoffs run. They made the NBA Finals during the 2019-20 season but were eliminated in the first round by the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks last season.
Bam Adebayo has recently spoken about that series with Joe Vardon of The Athletic, and claimed that the team "were broken". The turnaround between the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 season was short, and it makes sense that the Miami Heat were exhausted by the time they faced the Bucks.
The Heat’s Finals appearance was just 13 months ago, in October 2020, a distorted timeline by NBA norms created of course by COVID-19. The following season started almost right away, in December, and by January, the Heat — and Adebayo — were consumed by the virus. Adebayo himself missed eight games, and there were nights when the Heat barely had enough active players to take the court (and nights when they didn’t).
Adebayo posted career-high scoring (18.7 ppg) and assist (5.4) averages, but he said he was exhausted by the circumstances facing the Heat. The whole team was, and the result was a four-game sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
“We are more solution-based and trying to figure out how to get it done rather than, ‘Here is our excuses to why we can’t get it done,’” Adebayo said. “But after the season, looking back at it, you was like, ‘Nah, we were broken.’”
With a full offseason to rest, the Miami Heat look like themselves once again. There is no doubt that the Heat had a solid squad last season, and they have added a championship point guard and former All-Star in Kyle Lowry to the mix. They could be a very potent playoff team.
Bam Adebayo has previously stated that he wants to be viewed as one of the greats in Miami, and perhaps he will achieve that if he brings a championship to the city along with Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry. There's a chance that Adebayo and the Heat are able to do so, and they definitely look ready for a bounceback season.