In the hard games of the last three games with a sore knee, it was not clear what Jimmy Butler could bring in the sixth game in Boston. But at the same time, we knew he had to be big enough for his Miami team to have a chance to survive the series. And guess what, he was. No, correction: it wasn’t huge, it was gigantic!
19 points when shooting 7/32, including 1/7 out of 3 points, and 5 assists. Here are Jimmy Butler’s numbers for games 4 and 5 of the series, both lost to Miami. Jimmy was clearly not himself, and his ability to bring the Heat into the elimination game was questioned, especially because of his knee. We should be ashamed. Because what Butler just achieved in Match 6 in Boston is the kind of performance that remains in the playoff history.. 47 points (personal play-off record), 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 wins, 1 against, only 1 ball loss, all when shooting 16/29, 4/8 from the parking lot, 11/11 free throws in… 46 minutes games! Great performances in the playoffs, we see them every year. Benefits like this ? It’s just a categorization of all time. Just ten years ago, LeBron James played perhaps the best game of his career when he saved the Heat in Game 6 in Boston, tonight we were treated to a version of Jimmy Buckets and it was just as impressive. Because in addition to the figures, the context in which this service was performed is obviously quite exceptional. We talked about his knee pain, well, we had to grit our teeth to transfer the Heat from start to finish in the hostile environment of TD Garden. And not only did Jimmy do it in the Celtics lair, but also against the elite defense, which mistreated Kevin Durant in the first round of the playoffs and complicated it for Giannis Antetokounmp in the second. Without Tyler Herr’s support, we remember him and Bam Adebayo again very discreetly in attack. Thanks to their leader, the Heat have an unexpected opportunity today to secure a place in the NBA Finals on Sunday night during the 7th game at home.
During the 2020 playoffs, when Miami was just two wins away from the title, Jimmy Butler had already demonstrated his ability to perform at all times in all-time performances to carry his team in Miami, even though Erika Spoelstra’s band seemed on the verge of collapse. But in the context of the bubble, these performances could not necessarily be valued at their fair value. But this Game 6 in Boston will remain a match where Jimmy Butler actually reached the heights. From the beginning he set the tone by being absolutely everywhere on both sides of the field, at first he scored by being aggressive, but he also put his friends in the right conditions, played practically the whole match (he didn’t come out of it the whole second half) and it was him again, who made the time difference with a-one at 99-99 and a huge dagger at the end of 24 hours in the last minute of the game (after twisting his ankle, please). It is clear that for performance with the potential to define a career, there are absolutely all the necessary ingredients. Especially if Heat wins East behind, or even an NBA title.
“I had to find a way to win.” I let my team down for two matches, it couldn’t happen again. »
– Jimmy Butler, after the game
Jimmy Butler now has four games in 40 games in these playoffs in 2022 (the franchise record in the PO campaign) and it is thanks to him that people have forgotten his last trips, where he was clearly not Jimmy Butler as we know him. Will Miami manage to capture its franchise player’s seventh game after this championship class? Maybe. Maybe not. But no matter what happens, we will never forget this game 6.
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