Just when you thought you could count the Miami Heat out, they come back with a monster game to keep biting at the heels of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Heat’s epic 111-108 victory over the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals has kept their championship hopes alive.
The Miami Heat’s game has been anchored primarily on the grit and determination of their small forward Jimmy Butler, who also fills the shooting guard position. Butler, who has been playing magnificently throughout his first season with Miami has stepped up his game even further for the playoffs. In his first NBA Finals appearance, Butler is averaging an incredible 29.0 points, 10.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game. All this while having to guard the Lakers’ Lebron James on the other end of the court.
More impressively, Butler is the first player to achieve two triple doubles in an NBA Finals debut. Butler tallied 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in his heroic Game 5 performance. In Miami’s Game 3 triumph, Butler finished with 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to join Jerry West and Lebron James as the third player to post a 40-point triple double in NBA Finals history.
At 31 years old and playing for his 4th team after nine years in the league, Jimmy Butler has slowly but steadily come to his own. With his stellar Finals performance, Butler has certainly sealed his standing as one of the best among the few elite players in the NBA.