Heat star Jimmy Butler praised his teammate Bam Adebayo for his performances in the playoffs, emphasizing the center’s significance on the team’s success.

“Bam’s been playing incredibly well this entire playoffs, for sure this series,” Butler said. “This one he got like the toughest matchup by far on the defensive side of the ball. And he plays with so much energy. He never takes a possession or a play off. So you got to really respect him for that.

“And then on the offensive end he’s doing everything for us. So we need him to continue to be that. He’s been that for us all year long. Like I said, he’s going to be the reason why whin the championship.”

Adebayo is averaging 17.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 36.1 minutes per game in the playoffs. His number went up to 23.5 points, 11 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 40 minutes over the first two games of the NBA Finals.