Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo took all the blame for his team's Game 5 loss against the Boston Celtics in their Eastern Conference Finals series. Adebayo, who has been outstanding throughout the whole playoffs, didn't think he played at the level he needed to play in Game 5 against the Celtics.
Adebayo scored 13 points on a 5-of-11 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists but it wasn't enough as the Celtics won 121-108 to reduce the deficit to 3-2. "I played like s---," Adebayo said after the game in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, per ESPN.
"Bottom line. I put that game on me. It's not my teammates' fault, it's not my coaches' fault, it's me. ... I missed too many shots I should have made. Put that one on me." Adebayo didn't stop there as he also added he wasn't especially thrilled with his defense either.
"I wasn't being the defensive anchor that I should have been," Adebayo said. "I don't think I was communicating fast enough. I feel like I was a step behind today."
Jimmy Butler says Adebayo can't take all the blame himself
Butler, the biggest name on the Heat roster, acknowledged the Game 5 loss is in everybody in the Heat locker room, not only Adebayo.
"It's not [on Adebayo]," Butler said. "It's on everybody. He does so much for us that it could feel like that at times, but it's definitely not on him. It's on us as a whole. We all understand that because nobody was playing the way we're supposed to play, the way we have to play in order for us to win.
Nobody. And for him to say that, I respect it, I love him for it. But he can't do it by himself -- we got to be there with him." But the Heat are still just a win away from making the NBA Finals and Butler will speak with Adebayo before Game 6 to give him a pep talk.
"I will," Butler said. "But I think he knows you can't get stuck on this game now. We learn from it, it's something of the past. But we're going to need him to be who he is on Sunday. We need everybody to be that way.
We're gonna watch film, we're gonna learn from it, not saying we already don't know what went wrong, but we'll be ready to go. We will fix it."