Apr 21, 2023 - Sports

Heat trying to rekindle their flame after blowout Game 2 loss

Miami Heat player Jimmy Butler looks defeated as Miami was down big against the Bucks in Game 2 of their first round playoff series.

Jimmy Butler can't save Miami by himself. Photo: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

After a blowout loss Wednesday, the Heat return to the Kaseya Center Saturday with their first-round playoff series against the Bucks tied 1-1.

Why it matters: Miami is back on the ropes after getting clobbered by a short-handed Milwaukee team missing two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Catch up quick: The star forward is likely to return but the Bucks did fine without him in Game 2, tying the NBA record for most made three-pointers in a playoff game.

  • Meanwhile, Miami will again be without its second-best scorer, Tyler Herro, who broke his hand in Game 1.

What they're saying: If Antetokounmpo returns for Game 3, this series could be over quickly, argues Sun Sentinel Heat writer Ira Winderman.

What we're watching: The Heat tried replacing Herro in the starting lineup with Duncan Robinson, but that didn't work out too well.

  • Miami's star duo of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo need to play perfectly, but a bench player will also need to step up to give the Heat a shot at beating the No. 1 seed Bucks.

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