Celtics vs. Summer: Jimmy Butler delivered the masterpiece right when everyone had left Miami to die

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After the Boston Celtics won Game 5 in the Eastern Conference finals, we had an editorial meeting on CBS Sports, when we started planning content ideas about eliminating the Miami Heat. I didn’t get it. We just watched the Celtics return from a 3-2 deficit to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half. Why do we write Heat off?

We are not alone. Draymond Green said the Warriors will play for the Celtics. Hardly anyone holds the heat at as high as they deserve, but maybe that will change after what we watched Friday night, when Jimmy Butler and company deliver one of the guttiest victories you’ll ever see, 111-103, to stave off elimination and forcing Game 7 was in Miami.

If you have other plans for Sunday night, cancel.

The game will be a basketball war.

And if I was in a basketball fight, at this particular time, there weren’t too many players, if any at all, I’d rather have them on the side of Butler, whose heroically defied the description there. Everyone said he was sick. He said he can’t get into basketball the same way. I also didn’t buy it. I’m not saying his knees didn’t bother him, but he just wasn’t aggressive enough in Games 4 and 5, which scored a total of 19 points.

It’s not a problem with the season on the line. Butler hung 47 points, his highest playoff career, against the Celtics in Game 6. He threw four steals, and Butler joined Michael Jordan (1988) as the only player in history to post two 40-point games, four steals. in the same playoff series (Butler had 41 and four in Miami Game 1 wins).

Butler is also the only player in Heat history to post multiple 45-point playoff games (he had 45 in Game 2 against the Hawks. As long as we talk about Heat history, Butler’s 47 also represents the second-highest postseason score output in Miami. One. better than Dwyane Wade 46 and two shy of LeBron James 49.

This also looks like a very good company.

The Heat made it a priority to play through Butler, who got the match he wanted and was attacked. He did a stop jump, shaft and fade in the paint. He finished through contact, he hit a mid-rangers pull-up. He also hit four of eight 3-pointers. dare to shoot. Boston gave him space, and he didn’t hesitate.

The Heat were bound to get a heat of 3, where they entered the game taking together 29 percent for the series. Butler’s attention is certainly open and the Heat play the ball well, but he also has some prayers answered. You can’t do anything about this:

Or this:

Max Strus hit three 3-pointers, and it all felt huge. Kyle Lowry, who looked like he was going to retire in Game 5, was very good (if you can hold his acting, which I can’t), finished with 18 points (4-of-9 of 3) and 10 assists in 36 tank-empty minutes that I wouldn’t have guessed he had been in them. He hit a 28-footer with a wrong foot forward.

To contribute to that in proper perspective, Lowry and Strus combined to take 1-for-28 through Games 4 and 5, including 1 of 19 of 3. This is not a typo. To answer a bell, like this, with winter on the line, is what Summer is all about.

Butler is the best player, of course, and not just for the Heat. While he was aggressive to score, he was the best player still in the playoffs. I really believe it. And Miami, especially without Tyler Herro, needs Butler to be aggressive to score. He just doesn’t have enough offense if he doesn’t. I probably should have believed Butler before this postseason based on what he did in the Bubble, but I just don’t. I knew he was really good. I was hesitant to give it to him great label. I’m an idiot.

But that said, Miami is a tim. Some teams have one or two players who are required to play hard, do small things, but in Miami, everyone does those things and is actually led by the best players. If you want to vomit every time you hear the word Summer Culture, you are not the only one, but not from anywhere. This team, this franchise, all the guts. There’s no way the Heat will drop in Game 6. And now they’ve got Game 7 at home. This is why they rally to close the season and secure the No. 1 seed. Like I said, cancel your plan on Sunday. This can be very bloody.