Earlier today, the Miami Heat’s Twitter account released a video of Bam Adebayo’s clutch block on a Jayson Tatum dunk attempt in Game 1 of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. Undoubtedly, it is Adebayo’s signature career highlight — at least thus far. But the caption befuddled many Heat fans.
The block was one year — but two seasons — ago. The NBA’s unprecedented suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the restart into the summer, well into the typical NBA off-season. And after a short off-season, this most recent 2020-21 season ended July 20 — a month after the NBA Finals wrap up. (The Heat won the 2006 and 2013 championships on June 20.)
And of course, the pandemic has turned the last 18 months into a time warp.
Aside from the block, Game 1 of the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals was a great game. The Boston Celtics held a 105-100 lead with just 1:09 left to go in the fourth quarter. But back-to-back 3s by Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler put the Heat right back into it. The game went into overtime.
The lead see-sawed in overtime until Butler drove to the rim for an and-one with 12 seconds to go. He made the free throw, putting Miami up 116-114.
And then, Adebayo made one of the greatest blocks in NBA history.