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BAM ADEBAYO NAMED TO NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM


Bam Adebayo has been named to the 2021-22 NBA All-Defensive Second Team, leading the Second Team with 152 points, missing the First Team by just one point. This marks as Adebayo’s third All-Defensive Team selection. Additionally, it is also the 17th time a member of the HEAT has been named to an All-Defensive Team.

Adebayo, who finished fourth in Defensive Player of the Year voting this season, averaged 19.1 points, a team-leading 10.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.43 steals while shooting 55.7 percent from the field. He led the squad in rebounds a team-high 43 times, in blocks a team-high 22 times and in steals on 16 occasions. Adebayo recorded at least one steal in a career-high 14 consecutive games from January 17 through February 12 and his 1.43 steals per game average was second among all centers as he helped anchor a defense that allowed just 105.6 points per game, the fourth-lowest in the NBA. Miami held teams to 108.4 points per 100 possessions, and with Adebayo on the court, that number dropped to 104.9 points, which would be the top defense in the league. Adebayo helped the HEAT’s defense hold teams to under 100 points 24 times this regular season, posting a 23-1 record over that span. The multi-dimensional defender held guards to just 39.2 percent from the field, including 35.4 percent from three-point range, as well as forwards to 24.4 percent and centers to 15.8 percent from downtown. Adebayo scored a season-high 36 points while also blocking three shots vs. San Antonio on February 26 to become the first HEAT player with at least 35 points and three blocks since LeBron James accomplished the feat on March 18, 2014 at Cleveland. He capped the season leading the HEAT in blocks (44), offensive rebounds (137), defensive rebounds (427) and total rebounds (564) while finishing second in steals (80).


Source: BAM ADEBAYO NAMED TO NBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Illinois' Kofi Cockburn works out at NBA Draft Combine


CHICAGO (CBS) -- Illini big man Kofi Cockburn was at the NBA Draft Combine on Friday, trying to show he can play in today's NBA.

He's one of the biggest players in the draft, at 7 feet and 293 pounds, but his lack of an outside game might leave him left out on draft night, and longing a bit for the old NBA game.

 "I think it's very unique. Like a lot of people tell me, back then if it was the 1990s, I'd be drafted probably top 10. When I look at it now, the game has changed, but it hasn't changed that much. There are still big men that need to rebound, that need to play defense, be vocal, give their guards, put their guards in better position to score," Cockburn said.

The 7-foot Jamaican was an Associated Press All-America first-team pick this past season, and leaves Illinois as the school's scoring and rebounding leader among three-year players and the record holder for double-doubles.

Cockburn was the only player in the nation to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds last season and only player to rank in the top 20 in both categories. He had 17 double-doubles despite missing five games and he finished his career with 45, second most in the nation over the last three years. His 1,546 points and 861 rebounds are most among three-year players at Illinois.

Cockburn also entered the draft pool in 2020 and 2021 but withdrew both times.


Source: Illinois' Kofi Cockburn works out at NBA Draft Combine

Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III elected to NBA’s First, Second All-Defensive Teams, respectively


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Boston’s ready to beat the Heat ... the Miami Heat

It's all about beating the heat in Boston this weekend – both literally and figuratively. The temperatures are expected to rise to record levels as the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat in Game 3 and 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs. Bars and restaurants near the TD Garden are getting ready and expect a full house. “Get here early. It’s an 8:30 game. I wouldn't get here much past five,” said Dave Ferrando of Causeway Restaurant and Bar. Ferrando said he expects both inside and outdoor seating space to be filled. “It’s a Saturday, Game 3. It’s going to be nice. It’s going be fun,” he said. Bars on Canal Street had thought the road would be closed for Saturday’s game, but that won't be the case and the street is staying open.


Source: Marcus Smart, Robert Williams III elected to NBA’s First, Second All-Defensive Teams, respectively



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