Miami Heat Has More Than Enough

Miami Heat mascot Burnie and forward Udonis Haslem hold up a sign welcoming back center Bam Adebayo
Miami Heat mascot Burnie and forward Udonis Haslem hold up a sign welcoming back center Bam Adebayo Photo credit Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

"I tell Jimmy (Butler) all the time, we don't need him," joked Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon. Butler was tossed out of Wednesday's win against the Portland Trail Blazers after a referee gave him a second technical foul for 'egregiousness of profanity' used towards the official. Even without Butler for the second half Miami found a way. This season, they always seem to find a way. Bam Adebayo returned from his thumb surgery this week and took over in the fourth quarter against the Blazers. Just when Miami got back Butler and Adebayo, Kyle Lowry has missed time for personal reasons and Tyler Herro entered health and safety protocols. The absence of the stars has allowed the likes of Caleb Martin, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent and Omer Yurtseven to flourish and help lift Miami to the most wins in the Eastern Conference.

"That was my boss' (Pat Riley) favorite fourth quarter of the season," said Erik Spoelstra following Wednesday's win. Spo will always tell reporters "we have enough" no matter what adversity or injuries face his squad. They may have more than enough if this continues and Miami ever gets a stretch where Adebayo, Butler, Lowry and Herro can all play together. If/when that does happen they will have more reinforcements than anyone thought going into this season.