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. Instead of settling for a long shot though, Butler attacks the space, and Morris is forced to provide help.
"He did everything they needed for him to do tonight. (For context: The Dallas Mavericks just posted the most efficient offense in NBA history, scoring 115 points per 100 plays.). That's pretty impressive. Butler scored 27 points in the second stanza, finishing with a line of 40 points (13-of-20 FGs, 12-of-13 FTs), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes. 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. Some likely counted them out as soon as the Heat announced that injured star forward Bam Adebayo and guard Goran Dragić, their second-leading scorer, would be forced to miss Game 3. However, that's exactly what Butler is doing in the 2020 Finals, as his improved passing prowess has been on display against the Lakers. At that point … There were the standard, Adebayo-esque, dribble-handoff assists (here's one), and the relationship worked both ways as the attention paid to the Heat's shooters allowed Butler to get into the paint and to the free throw line. James again gave the shooter some space, but Herro saw the mismatch inside and Butler got one of his easiest buckets of the night. All rights reserved. Subscribe to Stathead , the set of tools used by the pros, to unearth this and other interesting factoids. Oct. 5, 2020, From the top of the key, he drove past LeBron and into the paint. 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. Midway through the second quarter, the Lakers (Green and Alex Caruso) botched another switch when Butler faked a handoff to Kendrick Nunn, allowing Butler to get into the paint a draw a foul from the recovering Green. All Rights Reserved. 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. Sie können Ihre Einstellungen jederzeit ändern. (With just over a minute left in the fourth, after Butler scored a basket that was essentially a dagger, Butler told James, “You’re in trouble” — something he claimed James had said to him earlier.). Wir und unsere Partner nutzen Cookies und ähnliche Technik, um Daten auf Ihrem Gerät zu speichern und/oder darauf zuzugreifen, für folgende Zwecke: um personalisierte Werbung und Inhalte zu zeigen, zur Messung von Anzeigen und Inhalten, um mehr über die Zielgruppe zu erfahren sowie für die Entwicklung von Produkten. He's passing at a higher level in the 2020 Finals than he ever has in his career, and though his improvement in this area might not be enough to sink the LeBron-led Lakers, it certainly bodes well for Butler's future as a player, and Miami's future as a team, especially if they're ultimately able to land another top-tier talent to pair with Butler. While his fellow Laker starters were all a -15 or worse throughout the game, James was almost neutral, at a -4, in a game they lost by 11 points. James is widely considered to be one of the greatest passers of all time, and Butler is out-assisting him in the series.
Butler reacts quickly and drops off a pass to Heat center Bam Adebayo for an easy bucket. Damit Verizon Media und unsere Partner Ihre personenbezogenen Daten verarbeiten können, wählen Sie bitte 'Ich stimme zu.'
Rajon Rondo got caught behind the play, Green stepped up to stop Robinson, and Kyle Kuzma left Jae Crowder in the weak-side corner to help on Butler's roll to the rim. A subpar perimeter shooter, Butler stuck to what he did best, declining to attempt a single three while instead keeping his foot on the pedal by going to the basket.