After a humiliating Game 5 performance, everyone was writing their obituaries. Read the article for this NBA News.
Jimmy Butler led the Miami Heat to victory over the Boston Celtics on the road. In the final two games, Miami’s finest player was obviously troubled by knee inflammation. Meanwhile, he produced a courageous gem to force a Game 7.
In the opening 12 minutes of the game, “Jimmy Buckets” blitzed the Celtics with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Butler’s ferocious start gave Miami the upper hand for most of the game before smashing the Celtics in the final minutes.
Jimmy Butler didn’t flinch when questioned about their attitude. Although, heading into Game 6 on the road in a postgame interview (via Keith Smith)
“We knew we’d come out on top in this one. And we’ll win the next one as well.”
In this series, health has surprisingly shown to be the determining factor. Miami appeared to be in trouble with Tyler Herro out. Jimmy Butler nursing an inflamed knee, Kyle Lowry battling hamstring troubles, and PJ Tucker is also out.
Herro stayed on the bench, but the rest of the above-mentioned players swallowed it up and refused to go without a swing.
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Jimmy Butler’s courageous performance provided a much-needed jolt to the Miami Heat’s drooping offense. Miami’s starting backcourt of Kyle Lowry and Max Strus didn’t score a single point in Game 5, but they were crucial in tonight’s victory.
The Boston Celtics were given fits by Lowry’s defense, composure, playmaking, and constant pushing of the tempo. Despite being hampered by an injury, he made up for it in Miami’s most important game of the year.
After falling to the Los Angeles Lakers two years ago, the Miami Heat gave themselves a great shot to return to the NBA Finals. They pushed themselves to double down on Jimmy Butler’s identity in Game 7 on Sunday, which is a win-or-go-home game.
Against the Boston Celtics ten years ago, LeBron James’ audacious pledge. He delivered many championships to South Beach was at risk. The Miami Heat experienced one of the worst collapses in NBA history. It was the year prior, losing in the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dirk Nowitzki-led Dallas Mavericks.