Does Heat’s Bam Adebayo need to redeem himself in Game 4? – The Mercury News

Q: Wow, so Bam Adebayo plays well against DeAndre Jordan, but finished with nine points, three rebounds, and three turnovers against Joel Embiid . . . shocker. – Darryl, Fitzgerald, Ga.

A: It certainly was not the best look for Bam Adebayo on Friday night. And, yes, Joel Embiid is a considerable upgrade to the player formerly known as DeAndre Jordan. But the Heat were so off as a team, that the Game 3 loss to the 76ers transcended any single player. In Bam’s case, he is not a natural shot creator. So when the ball stops moving, as it did Friday, he suffers. But he also had his moments on defense. For now, this was a one off. What can’t happen on Sunday is that it becomes a two off. If that happens, then the 76ers could become convinced that Embiid has his number his.

Q: How does Erik Spoelstra not give Duncan Robinson a run in a game like this? The spacing was horrible. – Ross, Davie.

A: But without ball movement, it’s not as if Duncan Robinson necessarily would have gotten his prime shots. But, yes, I agree there were times Friday when I thought “why not?” You are not alone in that respect. The 76ers gave Danny Green the opportunity to redeem himself. Instead, the Heat stayed with Victor Oladipo and his spacing limitations his.

Q: Ira, what’s the point of an injury report when you have one team like the Heat that lists everyone as questionable even when they played the previous game, and then another team like Philly that lists someone out they know is trying to play? – Karl.

A: Gambling. And it is the only reason there are public injury reports in the first place. Now that the NBA has formal gambling partnerships, there has to be at least the pretense of transparency. Of course, teams often take a contrasting approach, preferring to limit the opposition’s ability to game plan in advance. The NBA’s counter has been fines, such as when Devin Booker went from being listed as out on game day directly to playing for the Suns in the opening round. That’s why the 76ers covered themselves by stepping up Joel Embiid on Friday’s hourly injury reports. Similarly, rather than have to declare a player definitively in or definitively out, the Heat, when in doubt, simply list anyone and (seemingly) everyone as questionable. If the NBA hopes to take its revenue levels to anything close to the NFL’s when it comes to gambling, then there will have to be a more universal approach, even if that requires direct NBA oversight. For now, the NBA’s injury reports remain more as suggestion than fact.


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