The Miami Heat continue their dominance in the Playoffs. After sweeping the Pacers in the first round, the Bucks are about to be the next victims. Following tonight’s victory, the Heat are just one win away from a successive sweep. Leading them from the front is Jimmy Butler, who has been on a tear in the Playoffs.
He started the game slowly, scoring just five points in the first half. But in the second half, he turned up, scoring 25 points while going 11/15 from the free-throw line, Butler was a menace and didn’t let the Bucks rest for a minute. With this second half masterclass, he joined Dwyane Wade in the Heat playoff record books.
Out of the 25 points in the second half, 17 were scored just in the fourth quarter. He outscored the entire Bucks teams, who only managed 14 points in the last quarter.
After an underwhelming regular season, Butler has been on a mission in the postseason. From scoring 19.9 points per game in the regular season, he is now averaging 23.1 points per game in the seven playoff games so far. His ‘superstar’ status has often been questioned, but Butler is now proving his critics wrong.
Leading an inexperienced team is a challenge, but Butler has been doing it excellently. After outclassing the Pacers, they were expected to face a challenge going up against the MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. However, they have made a mockery of their team, going 3-0 up and just win one away from a dominant successive sweep.
Despite them being up 3-0, the job is not yet done according to Butler. At the end of the post-game interview, Butler said, “We’re not comfortable, we’re not complacent. We know we’re gonna have to earn this last one as well.”
That is an elite killer mentality and the Heat are benefiting a lot from it. They look like the most dangerous team in the East now, and their playoff journey is going to be very exciting.
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