Heat’s Bam Adebayo avoids officiating question on free-throw discrepancy: ‘Will you take the fine?’

The Miami Heat misplaced a gap sport of a playoff collection for the primary time this postseason, falling to the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. 

Miami went chilly from the sector, capturing simply 33.3% from past the three-point line and 40.6% general. 

Bam Adebayo plays in Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Bam Adebayo (13) of the Miami Heat sits on the court docket after he was despatched flying out of bounds by Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets through the fourth quarter of the Nuggets’ 104-93 win in sport 1 of the NBA Finals at Ball Arena in Denver on Thursday, June 1, 2023.  (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

But it was the dearth of free-throw makes an attempt that drew questions after the sport. 

The Heat shot and made simply two free throws, the fewest free throws ever made and tried in an NBA Finals sport. 

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In the postgame press convention, Miami heart Bam Adebayo and ahead Haywood Highsmith have been requested thrice concerning the lack of free throw makes an attempt, and Adebayo made positive to keep away from any criticism of the officiating. 

“If I do say something, will you take the fine?” Adebayo mentioned when requested concerning the free-throw discrepancy. “I just feel like we can’t even get into that. We can’t let them dictate the game. I just feel like we took a lot of jump shots, and we missed a lot of them instead of getting to the basket. 

“We’re going to look at movie and get again to the drafting board.” 

Bam Adebayo talks to the media

Haywood Highsmith #24 & Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat talks to the media after the game during game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals on JUNE 1, 2023 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.  (Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Denver went to the line 20 times in Game 1, knocking down 16 of the attempts. 

Heat star Jimmy Butler, who scored just 13 points on Thursday, said Miami has to be more aggressive in getting to the rim. 

“Probably as a result of we shot plenty of bounce photographs, myself in all probability main that pack, as an alternative of placing strain on the rim,” Butler said, according to ESPN. “Getting layups, attending to the free throw line. When you take a look at it through the sport, all of them appear like the proper photographs.

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Jimmy Butler takes the court for the NBA Finals

Jimmy Butler (22) of the Miami Heat takes the court docket towards the Denver Nuggets earlier than the primary quarter of the NBA Finals sport 1 at Ball Arena in Denver on Thursday, June 1, 2023.  (AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

“And I’m not saying that we can’t as a team make those, but got to get more layups, got to get more free throws. And whenever you miss and don’t get back, the game gets out of hand kind of quickly. We gave up too many layups, which we also can’t have happen. But that’s it as a whole. We’ve got to attack the rim a lot more, myself included.”

Miami could have an opportunity to bounce again on Sunday with Game 2 scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.

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