The Miami Heat essentially had their playoff lives on the line on Thursday, but they got destroyed on their home court 113-84 by the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 3 of their opening-round series.
As the reigning NBA finalists got walloped in front of friendly fans, Twitter was aflame with reaction to the Heat’s debacle, which featured bricklaying on offense, waning defense and a shell of the squad that made an inspired run in the Orlando bubble.
Now just one loss away from being abruptly eliminated, the Heat have a lot to figure out just to avoid being swept, much less make this matchup competitive.
Miami Heat’s cold shooting, bad defensive third quarter led to crushing defeat
Even though Miami struggled for buckets throughout Thursday night and shot 38.1% overall, its trademark defense was still evident throughout the first half. Despite scoring only 14 first-quarter points, the Heat trailed by 13 at the break, which gave them a chance.
Unfortunately, perpetually poor execution on offense and lapsed form on the other end of the court led the Bucks to win the third quarter 37-24, which put Game 3 out of reach for the hosts.
It’s quite clear that Bam Adebayo needs to become a more assertive force on offense and that Jimmy Butler could stand to be a more dangerous three-point shooter to help the team’s spacing.
But after Thursday’s performance, it’s very possible Miami president Pat Riley catalyzes a huge roster shakeup this offseason.