Heat midseason report card: Jimmy Butler's fit, Bam Adebayo's emergence fueling Miami's impressive season
No one had the Miami Heat pegged as a team that would be a real threat in the playoffs heading into the season. Even after signing Jimmy Butler, the rest of the roster wasn't regarded as one that could be competitive, even in the Eastern Conference. At the halfway point of the season, however, the Heat have proven to be one of the top contenders in the East, thanks to great team chemistry and a roster loaded with young talent and quality shooters.
The Heat opened their season without Butler, who stepped away from the team to witness the birth of his daughter. In his absence, they pulled off a gutsy overtime win against the Milwaukee Bucks in the second game of the season. Seven players scored in doubl ...