But if Los Angeles isn’t careful in Game 4, and Adebayo does make his return, the series could get more competitive than we all thought it would be. During his rookie season, Butler averaged just 0.3 assists per game, and he averaged only 1.4 assists per game during his second season. During his rookie season, Butler averaged just 0.3 assists per game, and he averaged only 1.4 assists per game during his second season. They’re nowhere near as banged up as the Heat are. Jimmy Butler didn't attempt a 3-pointer in Game 3 of The Finals on Sunday, becoming the first player in 18 years to score 40 points in a Finals game without a long-range shot. Please check your email for a confirmation. It's not something that he came into the league with. He came up two assists shy of a triple-double and, at 9-of-16, was efficient shooting the ball. Can you name the 1st 4? Ultimately, though, regardless of the other factors, one thing is clear: The Heat weren’t walking out with a Game 3 win unless Butler had a takeover performance like this one. © 2020 ABC News Internet Ventures.

"He did everything they needed for him to do tonight. Für nähere Informationen zur Nutzung Ihrer Daten lesen Sie bitte unsere Datenschutzerklärung und Cookie-Richtlinie. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. Butler may not view himself as a volume scorer, but his ability to score in bunches, and specifically his knack for attacking the basket, inherently allows him to be a better facilitator. Yahoo ist Teil von Verizon Media. Jimmy Butler is the 3rd player in NBA History to record a 40+ point triple-double in the NBA Finals, joining LeBron James in 2015 and Jerry West in 1969. pic.twitter.com/73uEtIJ6OD. Born: September 14, 1989 in Houston, Texas us. @herring_nba, NBA (895 posts) Jimmy Butler III Twitter: JimmyButler (Jimmy G. Buckets) … By game’s end, he was responsible for 73 points, either as the scorer or the assist man, the second-most in Finals history, per the Elias Sports Bureau.1, What made the game so different, really, was the fact that it was a rare instance of an opponent thoroughly outplaying James — particularly on a grand stage, at virtually the same position. Getting open, easy opportunities, like the ones generated above by Butler, are a great way for the supporting cast to get going and gain some confidence. When the Heat ran the same action the other way, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope switched the first screen and Davis was ready to switch the second. "I take what the game gives me. With a little less than four minutes to go in the second quarter, Duncan Robinson got the first of his three 3-pointers when James hesitated to step out on a handoff from Butler. Jimmy Butler led the shorthanded Heat to a Game 3 victory in impressive fashion. Five possessions later, Butler handed off to Herro and Caruso stayed with him on the roll to the rim. Jimmy Butler was dominant in the second half of Monday’s Game 1, and that ultimately proved to be the biggest reason for Miami drawing first blood in the series. Sie können Ihre Einstellungen jederzeit ändern. NBA reacts to Butler's triple-double feat, Ultimate Highlight: Heat fight back to make series 2-1, Heat stay alive thanks to Butler's big night. Jimmy Butler's monster production and masterful floor play keyed a big upset for Miami in Game 3.

"I'm not a volume scorer," Butler said earlier this week. at Adebayo has been upgraded to questionable, but that's still two steps away from available. The 120.5 points per 100 possessions the Heat have scored over the last two games is the most the Lakers have allowed over two games in these playoffs and the most the Heat have scored over two games since late February. Butler scored 27 points … That doesn't mean the Heat will be any easier to defend.

Oct. 5, 2020, The Lakers erased a 14-point deficit and took a two-point lead early in the fourth quarter. Others likely thought they were done when the Lakers tied the score mere seconds into the second period after an unbelievably sloppy first quarter that saw L.A. end up with more turnovers (10) than field goals (seven).

Through four Finals games against the Lakers, Butler is averaging 10 assists per performance, and his ability to keep all of his teammates involved is a big part of the reason why the Heat have been able to keep the series relatively competitive. It appears unlikely that Dragic will be back for Game 4 on Tuesday (9 p.m. His mark from the paint (outside the restricted area) was a particularly impressive 9-for-11 (81.8%), well above the league average of 40.1%. On two of the next four Miami possessions, the Lakers had trouble defending the same action (run in opposite directions) where Robinson and Kelly Olynyk set sequential screens for Butler. For those keeping count, that's five easy points that Butler generated for Olynyk in a matter of minutes. Here are some examples of how Butler and his shooter got good shots in Game 3: Butler's first two points came off a simple "pistol" action in which Tyler Herro set a screen along the right sideline. LeBron James (131) Sure enough, Miami scored a blistering 133 points per 100 possessions on direct actions after a switch. Celebrity virtual fans at the NBA bubble: From Barack Obama to Lil Wayne, Billy King on GM School, Steve Nash, Doc Rivers and more, Executives share worst interview answers from NBA draft prospects, By the numbers, 2020 LeBron-AD are the third-most dominant championship duo ever, By the numbers, the Lakers had the easiest path to a title in 30-plus years, LeBron James is the first player to win Finals MVP with three teams, Talen Horton-Tucker is the youngest American to ever win the NBA title, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. section: | slug: lakers-vs-heat-jimmy-butlers-improved-passing-prowess-has-been-on-full-display-in-2020-nba-finals | sport: basketball | route: article_single.us |

College: Marquette. Including the assists, Butler accounted for 73 of the Heat's 115 points -- per Elias Sports Bureau, the second-highest mark in Finals history, trailing only Walt Frazier (74). 10:06 AM. Miami drastically reduced how often it went zone on D, an alignment the Lakers neutralized in Game 2 with nifty high-low passing between James and Davis. Butler reacts quickly and drops off a pass to Heat center Bam Adebayo for an easy bucket. The Lakers star, who finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, offered high praise: "Jimmy was phenomenal," James said. On Sunday, he had the ball in his hands for more than half of the 22.3 minutes the Heat had the ball, and he accounted for 73 of the Heat's 115 points via his own scoring and his 13 assists. Though Butler is capable of putting up monster scoring numbers -- he had 40 points against the Lakers in Game 3 -- he doesn't view himself as a scorer, and he takes more pride in his ability to set up his teammates. Jimmy Butler led the shorthanded Heat to a Game 3 victory in impressive fashion. When Butler catches the pass, two Lakers defenders -- LeBron and Alex Caruso -- converge on him. Anthony Davis got his third foul midway through the second and never found a rhythm. He came through big time in a big-time game.". Just like the Heat this season, Butler has surpassed all early expectations when it comes to his career. And while Tyler Herro scored a couple times late, he ultimately shot just 6-of-18 for 17 points. Dies geschieht in Ihren Datenschutzeinstellungen. By the time the final ticks flipped off the game clock, Butler had racked up 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- just the third 40-point triple-double in Finals history. With starters Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic out again for Game 3 of The Finals, the weight of keeping the Heat within reach of a fourth franchise title fell to Jimmy Butler. 13 assists. Having a star player that can consistently create easy opportunities for his teammates is an invaluable trait -- and one that's worked out pretty well for Butler's adversary in the Finals, LeBron James, over the years. Copyright © 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC. During the regular season, Butler led the Heat with a career-high six assists per game, and he has picked up his playmaking in the postseason, especially in the Finals as the Heat have been without starting point guard Goran Dragic. In the NBA Finals. And looking at plus/minus, it was clear why he had to play so much: Miami was an impressive +20 during Butler’s 45 minutes, but in the three minutes he took a breather, the Heat got outscored by 9. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. That situation played out 13 times — or just over half the ball screens Butler got while James was guarding him — per Second Spectrum. However, that's exactly what Butler is doing in the 2020 Finals, as his improved passing prowess has been on display against the Lakers. More concerning: He often matched up with Butler to slow him down defensively, only to then switch assignments after a Miami player would set a screen in hopes of getting Butler an easier defender to go to work on. With the defense effectively collapsed, Butler kicked the ball out to Olynyk, who was able to knock down a wide-open 3-pointer. Robinson kicked out to Crowder for a wide-open 3. Danny Green and LeBron James weren't on the same page and Butler got to the rim before Anthony Davis could help from the weak side. With Butler's ability to get into the paint and to the line, along with the shooting he has around him, the Lakers' defense will continue to be tested. In the play below, from the first quarter of Game 3, Butler was able to get a wide-open look for Meyers Leonard by simply putting pressure on the defense. That he scored 40 without attempting a 3 marked the first time that had happened since Shaquille O'Neal did so in 2002, the fifth time O'Neal had achieved the feat. James again gave the shooter some space, but Herro saw the mismatch inside and Butler got one of his easiest buckets of the night. Latest on Miami Heat small forward Jimmy Butler including complete game-by-game stats on ESPN If you are having difficulty accessing any content on this website, please visit our Accessibility page. All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Accessibility and Closed Caption | Terms of Use | Do Not Sell My Personal Information. This time, patience paid off. A couple of minutes later, Butler found Olynyk again, this time with a bounce pass in the paint that skipped right past the outstretched arm of Anthony Davis. He moved into the starting lineup as a junior during the 2009–10 campaign to average 14.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and he earned All-Big East Honorable Mention honors. After going zone 67 times in Game 2, Miami used it just seven times in Game 3, according to Second Spectrum. With two Miami starters out the last two games, Butler has had additional pick-and-roll duties, while also taking on the high-post, offensive-hub role of Bam Adebayo. Kelly Olynyk had a nice shooting game off the bench, helping narrow the enormous gap between Miami’s reserves and those of the Lakers. High School: Tomball in Tomball, Texas