Heat’s Jimmy Butler Makes History With Another Triple-Double Against Warriors

Published 02/18/2021, 2:37 AM EST
Jan 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Darius Bazley (7) and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (2) during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports


Jimmy Butler continues to prove that the Heat was right in making a move for him. Since his arrival in Miami, he has transformed the franchise, bringing them their greatest success since the departure of LeBron James. Last season, Butler was the driving force as the Miami Heat went to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.

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Jimmy Butler back-to-back triple-double

Tonight, Butler was able to make more history for the Heat. Jimmy Butler is now the first and only player in Miami Heat history to be able to put up two consecutive triple-doubles in back-to-back games. He put up a triple-double against the LA Clippers on Monday, and then another one tonight against the Warriors.

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Jimmy Butler is the 1st player in Heat history with a triple-double in consecutive games 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CQHWOyvEeu

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 18, 2021

However, what will concern Miami is that Butler’s performances were not enough to get them a win. Both of his triple-doubles ended in losses for the Heat. This fact just illustrates the plight of the Miami Heat this season. Last year’s NBA finalists are struggling this season and look set to miss the playoffs at the rate at which they’re playing.

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Butler missed several games this season. He was suffering from an injury at the beginning of the season. Additionally, there was also the short turnaround between the NBA Finals and the new season starting. After recovering, Butler dealt with a spell of COVID-19, which kept him away from the court for a significant period of time. But now, after finding his form, Butler is looking like his old self again.

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As of now, the Miami Heat are on a three-game losing streak. They have only managed to win 11 of their 28 games, losing 17 games this season. Currently, they look unlikely to reach the playoffs. And many teams appear to have figured out the way the team plays, with young stars like Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson not performing at the high level they were last year.

Jan 9, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) guards Washington Wizards center Robin Lopez (15) during the first half at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Jimmy Butler lead the Heat to the playoffs? Butler has a challenging task ahead of him, as he tries to help the franchise recover their form from last season in the latter stages of the NBA season. The Heat have to understand the urgency of the situation and try to fix their problems as best as possible at the earliest.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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