Adebayo's block instantly hailed as one of best ever originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
In the closing seconds of overtime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Celtics wing Jayson Tatum charged to his right and directly at the rim, sensing an opportunity to tie the game with two points. But Heat big man Bam Adebayo met him at the basket and came through with a stiff block that sealed the victory for Miami, putting them up 1-0 in the series.
It was the type of sports moment that detonated social media timelines into chaos.
It was a stunning play and, if the reaction on Twitter is any indication, it will go down as one of the very best in NBA playoff history. Social media tends to overreact, sure, but this might be different.
Just look at the comparisons Adebayo's block instantly drew. This was a huge play at the end of overtime in a conference finals game. The stakes don't get much bigger than that.
If the Heat go on to win the series, that block will take on a different tone. And, if Miami goes all the way to win the title, it will undoubtedly become an important moment in NBA history.
Even in the moment, the play was extraordinary and, as far as playoff blocks go, already seems worthy of the short-list.