ASK IRA: Do NBA Finals show Heat have to find multiple scorers?

Q: Ira, the Celtics have their two Js (Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum) and the Mavericks have Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic. The Heat don’t even have one player who scores that much. So how can we expect them to win? – Tomas.

A: I guess the counter would be that the Heat have not had that level of dual scoring since the Big Three era and since have made the Eastern Conference finals three times. There are multiple ways to win in the NBA. The problem is that attempting to do it the hard way is that it requires more than just dual individual brilliance. By now, it is apparent that Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo or even Jimmy Butler are not high-volume scorers of the frequency of Brown, Tatum, Irving or Doncic, Sunday night’s game notwithstanding. That is among the reasons Terry Rozier was brought in. It is why the Heat last summer so vigorously pursued Damian Lillard and why this summer’s name of the hour could be Donovan Mitchell. To get two dynamic scorers, you first have to get one.

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