Jimmy Butler missed a possible go-ahead three-pointer in Game 7 between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat on Sunday. Read the article for this NBA News.
That 3-pointer could have changed the outcome. The Celtics were able to retain their lead thanks to Butler’s miss, and eventually go to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Miami, who had been behind the entire game, went on a 9-0 run following Max Strus’ three-point bomb. As Jimmy Butler ran down the floor after a Celtics miss, the Heat had him prepared for the game’s biggest shot. Instead of driving against Al Horford’s backpedaling, “Jimmy Buckets” stepped up for a huge three.
Skip Bayless, co-host of The Undisputed, posted his thoughts on the game right before it ended:
“Unfortunately, the Heat had already lost the game a thousand times before Jimmy Butler’s late three-pointer. Yes, they fought back with tenacity and guts… They, on the other hand, did not deserve to be in that game.”
With roughly two minutes left in Game 7, the Boston Celtics were attempting to put the game out of reach. Instead of putting pressure on the Miami Heat, the Celtics opted to simply milk the clock, something they have failed to accomplish this season in the playoffs.
With the shot time ticking down, almost every Boston possession concluded with Marcus Smart hoisting a three-point shot. The Celtics’ offense slowed to a halt, handing control of the game to the desperate Miami Heat.
NBA News: The Miami Heat, led by Jimmy Butler, are in desperate need of a playmaker.
Tyler Herro’s absence was a major factor in the Miami Heat’s Eastern Conference finals defeat to the Boston Celtics. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year supplied the squad with playmaking as well as the ability to shoot off screens and off the dribble.
Miami’s half-court attack has struggled to score in the previous four games without Herro. In two of their series victories, they required Jimmy Butler to play Superman.
Kyle Lowry’s playmaking is still excellent, but he is no longer able to get around players and consistently put pressure on defenses. The fact that he was playing with a hamstring strain against the Boston Celtics didn’t help matters.
Miami has demonstrated that it is still a power in the NBA. The Heat should be tough to defeat again next season if Butler can have a better supporting group.