Jimmy Butler reflects on past playing style of being go-to guy
Jimmy Butler had another huge game for the Miami Heat on Wednesday, as he helped his team defeat the Boston Celtics, 112-109, in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. After the game, Butler opened up about the role he has taken for the Heat this season, and how this has had a significant impact on the success of the team.
According to Butler, he now understands that he is most effective when he is not the team’s first option on offense:
Jimmy Butler on value of Heat’s offensive balance after ECF Game 4 win over Celtics: “I’ve been on teams where I put up a lot of shots & scored this amount of points & I haven’t won anything. So obviously that’s not the formula. Here, we all get a piece of the pie. We all hoop.” pic.twitter.com/XByBfazql3
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) September 24, 2020
Make no mistake about it – Jimmy can still get buckets. However, he has evolved into a more complete player under head coach Erik Spoelstra’s system. This has worked wonders for the team in general, with Miami now just one win away from reaching the NBA Finals.
Butler had it going on the offensive end on Wednesday, putting up 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, a steal, a block, and just one turnover in 39 minutes of action. He made a few key plays in crunch time for Miami, as they held off a comeback attempt from the Celtics late in the game.
It is worth noting that Bam Adebayo suffered a wrist injury late in the contest, and his status for the rest of the series appears to be in jeopardy. Should Adebayo miss time, then Butler will need to step up for the Heat even more.
Game 5 of this series is scheduled for Friday, as Miami have their first crack at closing out this series.