“That’s A**”: After Calling Out Massive Snub, Sporting World Turns Salty at Jimmy Butler’s Triumph

Published 05/29/2023, 11:59 PM EDT

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The calm, relaxed aura of Jimmy Butler after Game 6 all makes sense now. It’s like he almost knew – history wasn’t going to repeat itself. After failing to win Game 7 last season, the Miami Heat showed no mercy. Losing three straight on the trot, they had their backs against the walls. But their response was a ferocious dismantling of the Boston Celtics, who just fell short of making NBA history. But while Heat fans are mostly celebrating, one particular detail seems to be bothering them.

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The Vice City have now successfully punched their ticket to the NBA Finals where the Denver Nuggets await them.

Jimmy Butler wins ECF MVP honors after his impressive Game 7 performance

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Butler has vindicated his legacy in the postseason after some remarkable performances. Whether it was his 50-point outing against the Milwaukee Bucks or his heroic takeover in the series against the New York Knicks, Butler did it with a sense of ease. However, that was far from the case in the series against the Boston Celtics. At least not from Games 4 to 6.

After taking the commanding 3-0 lead, Butler’s impact no longer seemed to bother the Celtics. He couldn’t pull one of his trademark closing performances which allowed Boston to leap right back into the series. But when it mattered most, the six-time All-Star delivered. Scoring a team-high 28 points, Butler unleashed the two-way monster every rival has come to fear. Averaging 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists for the seven-game thriller, he was named the Eastern Conference Finals MVP.

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Usually, Jimmy Butler would have been unchallenged as the best player in a playoff series. Yet, there was one member of the Miami Heat who stepped up and proved to be decisive. It was none other than Caleb Martin. Now, his numbers might not compare to Butler’s, but the efficiency and consistency with which Martin slashed the Celtics defense deserved to be recognized.

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NBA fans also feel that Martin should have been the one rewarded.

NBA Twitter feels Caleb Martin should have won over Butler

This postseason has borne witness to the Heat’s deep pool of talent. Sometimes it was Gabe Vincent or Max Struss, several of the complimentary stars have had their moments. But Martin dominated the entire series. Putting up 19.3 points and 6.4 rebounds, he mended the mistakes from last season’s heartbreaking playoff loss to the Celtics. The 27-year-old did all while shooting 60% from the floor and nearly 50& from three – video game numbers against one of the best defenses in the NBA.

Without him, the Miami Heat would probably have never been the Eastern Conference champions. And it seems the fans share the same views. NBA Twitter hailed Caleb Martin as their ECF MVP over Jimmy Butler. Here is what they had to say:

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In fact, it wasn’t just fans who had this stance. According to the voting poll, Caleb Martin fell just a single vote short of winning the illustrious trophy over Butler.

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Do you think Martin deserved the award over Butler? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having composed close to 2000 articles, he aspires to manage his own team one day and is pursuing a top-tier college-level management program specializing in sports. Anuj's love for basketball blossomed after he started following the NBA a few years ago, and he decided to merge his writing skills with his understanding of this thrilling game.
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