Heat Star Jimmy Butler Credits NBA Legends Luol Deng and Joakim for His Leadership Skills

Published 09/24/2020, 6:30 AM EDT
Sep 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) controls the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first half of game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


Miami Heat leaped to 3-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics as they grabbed another victory in Game 4. This hasn’t come as a surprise considering how Jimmy Butler and Co. have fought their way to come this far in the league. The extraordinary part of the night was Heat rookie, Tyler Herro, who owned the fourth game of the series.

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In a contest that many expected to be a close one ended with the Celtics trailing with a two-game deficit. It has started to become a conclusive series for Miami.

Game 4 was a splendid display of talent off the bench from 20-year-old Tyler Herro. He knocked 37 points and six rebounds to give his team a wholesome victory. Herro was scoring 14-of-21 from the field and 50% from deep.

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Sep 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro (14) dribbles against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (right) during the first half of game four of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It was a tremendous night for Herro as he became only the second 20-year-old player in Playoff history to score at least 37 points in a game after Magic Johnson. Lakers’ legend, Magic, had scored 42 points in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals.

Considering his display of pure grit on the court, Herro was the go-to man for the Heat in the fourth matchup. Jimmy Butler made 24 points and Goran Dragic added another 22 to the scorecard.

Jimmy Butler impressed with Heat rookie Tyler Herro and his ‘swag’

Tyler felt more than special to be a part of a team, much like Butler, whose leadership has enabled Herro to get so far in his rookie year. When Butler was questioned about where he derived this leadership from, he went back to the greats of Chicago Bulls he was drafted with.

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“I have some good ones: Luol Deng, Booz [Carlos Boozer], D-Rose [Derrick] obviously, Joakim [Noah]. Some guys that really taught me the game. More than anything, they just showed me what hard work could get you and if you never give up,” Butler said in the post-game interview. “I think Tyler, he has all of that. He listens, he’s learning, and he just wants to win. So he’s going to continue to get better. Obviously, he’s a rookie, but I tell you, whenever he’s out there on the floor, the swag that he plays with, the moves that he makes, you’d think he’s been in the league for 10-plus.”

 

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It was quite disappointing for the Celtics that their main man, Jayson Tatum didn’t score a single point in the first half of the game. Miami should soon clinch a spot in the NBA Finals 2020. Could the Celtics push this to Game 7?

 

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