Jimmy Butler is the man who immediately shouts ‘SKINS’ at the pickup basketball game when no one on the court was planning on taking their shirts off and then he keeps slamming his sweaty body into you for absolutely no reason.
Jimmy brought that intensity and chaotic energy to Game 3 of the NBA Finals with his Miami Heat down 0-2 and looking like they were about to get swept out of Orlando after two huge blowout losses. With Goran Dragic—their playoff leading scorer—and Bam Adebayo—an All-Star—out with injuries, it seemed like it was a wrap for the Heat and their corny ass ‘Culture’.
So with the odds stacked against him, naturally Jimmy casually put up 40 points with 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks on 14-for-20 shooting from the field and 12-for-14 from the free throw line in 45 minutes.
Just literally one of the greatest games in the history of the NBA Finals. Light work.
Jimmy Butler was the first player to ever outscore, out-rebound and out-assist LeBron in a Finals game. He was truly the best player on the floor against two All-NBA players in LeBron and AD.
But Game 3 is over. I don’t want to keep living in the past. Jimmy knows better than anyone that you have to keep moving forward especially considering that he once removed the rearview mirrors on his car for that reason exactly. Totally regular normal guy thing to do.
Can Jimmy Butler Beat LeBron Jams and Anthony Davis again?
The next leading scorers after Jimmy were Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk both dropping 17. Tyler Herro can go off at any given time but he’s proven to be wildly inconsistent as every 20 year old kid is who probably spent most of his free time watching Barstool Sports videos and shit.
If Bam and Goran can’t return in Game 4, Kelly Olynyk is a nasty second scoring option. Imagine coming out of a timeout and running a play for that dude who looks like he has a pet Komodo dragon but the cage is empty and he has no idea where it is so he sleeps in his car at night.
But there is a precedent set for a one-man wrecking crew surrounded by bums taking out a LeBron James favored team in the Finals.
In 2011, Dirk Nowitzki led JJ Barea and DeShawn Stevenson to an NBA title and massive upset of the Miami Heat super team of LeBron, Wade and Chris Bosh.
The Dallas Mavericks discovered the secret to beating LeBron in the Finals is to grab rebounds and not just getting to the free throw line but making your free throws. LeBron’s biggest weakness is that he will underestimate his opponents and overestimate his teammates.
His best Finals games are when he recognizes how great his opponents are and takes them seriously while simultaneously looking around and realizing that he is astronomically better than Matthew Dellevadova or decaying Dwyane Wade.
But when you slow the game down on the line and you’re able to set up your defense and not allow LeBron to kill you in the fastbreak then you are giving LeBron decision fatigue. He can overthink or get sloppy and that’s when someone like Kelly Olynyk can score 17 points.
Jimmy Butler had a better Game 3 than any of Dirk’s heroic games. He scored 40 points and didn’t attempt a single 3-pointer. If he can continue getting into the paint and drawing fouls on Anthony Davis that gets him in foul trouble and on the bench then perhaps the Heat have a chance.
Orrrrrrrrrr the Lakers are going to blow them out the next two games and hit the airport before Miami even finishes showering after the game. Shrug.gif.