Bam Adebayo Block In Game 1 Drawing High Praise

Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo saves the day with block on Jayson Tatum in the closing seconds of Game 1
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Shortly after the Miami Heat's victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, social media was buzzing about the final. 

Heat center Bam Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum's dunk attempt in the closing seconds that would have forced a second overtime. NBA legend Magic Johnson went far as calling it the best defensive play he's seen in the playoffs. 

Here's a list of what others had to say about the play that put the Heat ahead 1-0 in the best-of-seven series: 

Heat guard Jimmy Butler: "That's a winning play, putting your body on the line and rotating the way that he did. We talk about it. We go through it over and over. Bam's been our savior on the end so many different times throughout the year."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra: "Those are habits and instincts that he's willing to put himself out there. That could be a poster dunk and a lot of people aren't willing to make that play and put themselves out there. Jayson Tatum is getting to the launching pad and he just made a big-time save for us. Tatum did have an angle. It looked like he did have an open lane to the rim. Sometimes, when you have great competition like this, you just have to make plays. You can't even really explain it." 

Adebayo: "My emotions were everywhere. Everybody else around me was happy. It's one of those things it doesn't hit you until the game is over. When it happened, I was looking at the clock like, `We still got time. Let's go ahead and close it out.' We did that but after that we celebrated and we'll focus on the next game." 

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