It has been nearly a week, but Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder is still thinking about the NBA Finals. In fact, the 30-year-old forward admitted on his Instagram that he had a terrible dream about Game 6 of the Finals.
Jae Crowder is still having nightmares about the NBA Finals pic.twitter.com/Kw4NjIC8AN
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) October 17, 2020
It also took a week, but Crowder finally took to social media to thank Heat nation for staying by their side throughout the season.
SORRY IT TOOK SO LONG… IM STILL SICK 🤦🏾♂️😷 BUT THANK YOU HEATNATION SINCE DAY UNO ITS BEEN NOTHING BUT LOVE.!! SORRY WE FELL SHORT OF THE MAIN GOAL.! YOUR LOVE/SUPPORT WAS FELT INSIDE THE BUBBLE.!! WE THANK YOU ALL.! YOURS TRULY- 99
— JAE CROWDER (@CJC9BOSS) October 18, 2020
Jae Crowder and the Heat had a nightmare of a Game 6 against the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers, who overwhelmed them in the clincher, 106-93.
The final score did not indicate how dominant the Lakers won their 17th title in franchise history. The Heat never tasted the lead in that game, while Los Angeles led by as much as 36 points. The Purple and Gold used a 36-16 2nd quarter to lead by 28 at half time and never looked back.
Although Miami went out in disappointing fashion in Game 6, Crowder and the Heat have nothing to be embarrassed about. Nobody expected Miami to make it as far as the Finals, but they defied expectations throughout the playoffs.
The Heat knocked off the no. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in five games in the second round and defeated the Boston Celtics in the conference finals. In the Finals, not many expected Miami to put up much of a fight, especially after their leading scorer Goran Dragic and defensive anchor Bam Adebayo went down with injuries in Game 1.
Still, Erik Spoelstra and Co. managed to squeeze out two wins in the series, led by two masterful triple-double performances from superstar Jimmy Butler.
As for Crowder, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, he had a pretty solid Finals series overall, averaging 11.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. He also did his best to check Anthony Davis on the other end.
Crowder has indicated he wants to secure a long-term deal for his next contract. And preferably, he would want it to come with the team he just made the Finals. Certainly, Heat fans would want Pat Riley to bring Crowder back as well.