Sadly for the Heat, it just wasn’t enough and the Lakers took the crown this year as the season finally came to a close on Sunday.
No one really expected Miami to make a push so deep in the playoffs at the beginning of the season - let alone make it to the championship.
There were two players in particular with the Heat, besides Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo, that were making enormous leaps with their careers in the playoffs:
Small Forward Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson.
Herro is a rookie who has shined unexpectedly all season for the Heat, and Duncan was a machine behind the arc shooting 44.6 percent.
With numbers like that behind the 3-point line, Heat fans couldn't help themselves but make wild claims about Robinson - like how he is supposedly a better catch and shooter than Klay Thompson.
Duncan Robinson is a better catch and shooter than Klay Thompson. pic.twitter.com/6hu61N1T41— Micah Phoenix🔥🏀 (@Blaze_4real) October 7, 2020
The tweet got so much attention that Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard couldn’t believe what the fan was saying either.
Robinson became a deadly shooter, really, starting this year. To claim he is remotely the same as Thompson gives us all a pretty good laugh.
The Golden State’s duo of Thompson and Steph Curry is regarded as the greatest backcourt duo of all-time. He is also a 3x NBA Championship and one of the top premier defenders in the NBA.
Robinson, in his third year in the league, is just not picking up steam and has been a liability on the defensive side of the ball during the playoffs this year. Thompson deserves much more respect than this.
Now I will note that Robinson’s season, statistically, is better than Thompson’s entire career when it comes to 3-point attempts, 3-pointers made and 3-point field goals percentage.
Robinson is a good shooter, yes, but he is no Thompson - who is the definition of a catch-and-shoot player.
I know Heat fans are on somewhat of a buzz that their team made it to the finals, but your team did not win the finals, so claims like this are usually going to go bad in the long run.
Heat fans can certainly hope that Robinson can have as successful of a career as Thompson when it is all said and done.
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