HOUSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler had a triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and the Miami Heat overcame a slow start to beat the slumping Houston Rockets 101-94 on Thursday night.Miami won its fourth straight and handed Houston its fourth loss in a row.Butler had his first triple-double of the season and 10th overall. The Heat came close to having two players with triple-doubles, with Bam Adebayo finishing with 10 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists before fouling out with about a minute left.Miami trailed by 13 in the first half, but used a big run and great defense in the third to take a 12-point lead into the fourth quarter. They remained up by 12 after a dunk by Adebayo before Houston used a 9-0 run to get to 97-94 with less than a minute to go. The Heat missed two shots after that but got the rebound both times, with Butler grabbing the second one. He was fouled and made two free throws with 10 seconds to go and the Heat added two more free throws in the final seconds to secure the win. John Wall and Eric Gordon led the Rockets with 17 points each.Miami pushed the lead to 15 on a 3-pointer by Max Strus with about eight minutes to go before Houston used a 10-3 spurt, capped by a 3 from DeMarcus Cousins, to get within 88-80 three minutes later. A 3-pointer by John Wall got the Rockets within seven not long after that, but Miami scored the next five points to pull away again — 95-83. The Heat used a 12-0 run to take a 70-59 lead with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter. They pushed the lead to 12 entering the fourth quarter after limiting Houston to just 10 points in the third. TIP-INSHeat: The team learned shortly before game time that Tyler Herro would not be available in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols, which would mean he either tested positive, had an inconclusive test or was flagged because contact tracing data suggested that he may have been exposed to someone else positive for COVID-19. The Heat were scheduled to fly to Salt Lake City later Thursday night for a game there Saturday against the Utah Jazz. It was not immediately clear if Herro would be cleared to fly with his team there, if he would remain behind in Houston, or return to Miami. If Herro is forced to stay behind, it might only mean they didn’t get a new test result back.Rockets: Christian Wood missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle. … Cousins had 16 points and 11 rebounds. UP NEXTHeat: Play the second game of a seven-game trip at Utah on Saturday. Rockets: Begin a three-game trip at New York on Saturday night. ___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds contributed to this report. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJimmy Butler has triple-double, leads Heat past Rockets — The China Post, Taiwan
Summary List Placement After watching Jimmy Butler drop a 40-point triple-double in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers changed their defensive scheme in Game 4. The Lakers had the 7-foot Anthony Davis defend Butler throughout the night. Davis’ length smothered Butler, and if Butler called for a screen to hunt a […]Jimmy Butler mysteriously stopped shooting 3-pointers this season, and now the Lakers are daring him to take the shot — Paruna.ru
Whether or not the Miami Heat loses to the Los Angeles Lakers, Jimmy Butler has done the unthinkable this season. He has led a young and what many thought to be somewhat rebuilding Heat squad all the way to the NBA Finals. A place almost no one thought this team would be in the beginning. […]Is Jimmy Butler a Top 10 Player? — CrownHoops
Anyone else saying it and you scoff, because the reality of a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals is that after three months in the league’s quarantine bubble at Disney World this all could be over Friday night. But when Jimmy Butler says it, deride at your own risk, considering the unexpected heights he already…Heat down, but Jimmy Butler insists not out in NBA Finals: ‘Our confidence ain’t going nowhere’ — Boston Herald
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — After backing down Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and nailing a turnaround jumper, Jimmy Butler skipped back and lowered his hand three feet off the ground, as if patting a child on the head. The message: Too small. It applied to the Lakers, too, who shrunk the moment of Game 3 and could…Jimmy Butler, Heat punch back in Game 3 to stun Lakers — Press Telegram
Not much more you can ask from the man. With starting point guard Goran Dragic and starting center Bam Adebayo forced to sit with injuries, Miami’s Jimmy Butler dazzled Friday, dishing, driving, drawing contact, dishing, driving, drawing more contact. For a gutsy 44 minutes and 44 seconds of action, the 31-year-old small forward (who sprained…Jimmy Butler tries to will Heat to victory, but it’s not enough against locked-in Lakers — Press Telegram
By qualifying for the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, the Heat officially opens a new chapter in its history. Chance has it that this final series is played against LeBron James, even if Jimmy Butler does not agree too much that it is just a coincidence. For him, a champion cannot hope […]“If you want to win a title, you have to beat LeBron James” — Archyde
By qualifying for the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, the Heat officially opens a new chapter in its history. Chance has it that this final series is played against LeBron James, even if Jimmy Butler does not agree too much that it is just a coincidence. For him, a champion cannot hope to lift the trophy without stealing his crown from the King.
Arrived last summer from Philadelphia, Jimmy Buckets was immediately adopted by Miami fans. The story is incomparable with the signing of LeBron James in Florida in 2010, but still he will be one of the leaders of the Heat in trying to offer the franchise a fourth trophy in its history, the first since the return of the king to Ohio in 2014. With Bam Adebayo, the All-Star had one of his best seasons on a personal level despite a big lack of parking address (24.4%). Always as clutch when it is necessary, the former star of Chicago shows especially the example in defense, a sector which explains the presence of the Heat in the NBA Finals in spite of its classification in the East at the end of the seeding games (fifth with 44 wins for 29 losses). With the intensity of the Playoffs, Erik Spoelstra’s followers made short work of the Pacers before knocking the regular season leader down in five innings and then having the Celtics wear out without breaking a sweat. . Without competition in their Conference since the start of the final stages, the Floridians are only one step away from the Larry O’Brien trophy. It will not be the easiest to climb, the ogre of the Lakers now appearing before them in the skin of the favorite. Anything but a surprise for Jimmy Butler who has been waiting for this moment for a long time as he explained at the microphone of NBA TV.
“If you want to win, you are going to have to go through a LeBron James led team.”
– Jimmy Butler
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2020
“The main key, and it has been for a very long time, if you want to win a title you have to beat LeBron James’ team. It can come down to that and that’s what we need to focus on. Obviously we can’t just focus on him because he has some really good players around him, but the same test comes back every year until you pass and that test is called LeBron James. “
Concretely, difficult to prove him wrong. Out of the last nine NBA champions, LeBron has won three titles and five teams had to beat him in the final. Ultimately, only the Raptors avoided the ultimate test while waiting for the Chosen One to finally leave the Eastern Conference to bring the cup home in June 2019. This year, LBJ will play their tenth career NBA Finals, the ninth in ten years, thus giving credibility to the words of Jimmy Butler. It’s a bit like this end boss in Mario against which we will use all of our lives by trying different strategies to try to discover our weak point. Buckets has already faced the King twice in the Playoffs with always the same result: a loss to the boss (in 2013 and 2015). But this time the situation has changed a little. Already, the number 22 is the franchise player of his team and the latter arrives in confidence with only three defeats in the bundle when it comes to attacking Game 1 of the Finals. Plus, Jimmy knows his role is going to be to put the brakes on LeBron James as the Heat managed to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo earlier in the summer. And at 31, Buckets has the advantage of physical freshness against an aging quadruple MVP even if he shows no signs of weakness with his 35 rods. The margin of error is slim for Miami but the Butler believes in his chances.
“You’re going to have to be absolutely perfect to beat the Lakers. We can do it. We do not think too much about these stories of first seed against the fifth seed in the East. “
Jimmy Butler and the Heat are aware of the obstacle that awaits them from Wednesday. But far from panicking, the Floridians prepare their battle plan to bring down the end boss in turn. If other teams have managed to find its weak point in the past, why not them?
Text source: NBA TV via Bleacher Report
1:21 AM ET The Miami Heat‘s habit of falling into big second-half holes finally caught up to them during Saturday night’s 117-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. After overcoming a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in Game 1 and a 15-point third-quarter deficit in Game 2, […]Butler on loss: Digging out of big holes ‘gets old’ — VOICE OF THE HWY
The Miami Heat‘s habit of falling into big second-half holes finally caught up to them during Saturday night’s 117-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night.
After overcoming a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit in Game 1 and a 15-point third-quarter deficit in Game 2, the Heat fell down by as many as 20 in Game 3 and could never get back on track.
It’s a pattern that Heat players and coaches have discussed openly about fixing over the past few days, but it was the Celtics who set the tone early yet again Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
“We’ve got to start the game how we start the fourth,” Heat All-Star big man Bam Adebayo said. “I feel like we’re not the type of team where we can go through the motions and try and figure out everything in the first half, and then in the third or fourth, we just try to turn it on. It’s not like that. We are not that type of team.”
The Celtics used a 31-22 first quarter to set an early tone that they were able to build upon throughout the night. The Heat did not have an answer for the Celtics’ aggression and did a much better job defensively on Heat guard Goran Dragic, holding the sharpshooter to just 2-for-10 from the field.
“I think it gets old, playing from behind, consistently,” Heat All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler said. “Especially against a great team like Boston and what they bring to the table.”
The Heat now have to wait until Game 4 on Wednesday night to fix the same issue that has hampered them throughout the series. Despite still holding a 2-1 series lead, players expressed frustration afterward, as they lost for just the second time in the postseason bubble.
“We’ve got to play with detail,” Adebayo said. “I feel like we’ve got to work on our offense a little bit. They got us on our heels. They were out there hooping it up and having fun. I feel like that was the big difference in the game. They jumped out on us, and I guess they got tired of us being down 13 and coming back and winning. We’ve just got to do a better job of not letting ourselves get in a big deficit.”
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave the Celtics credit for keeping their foot on the gas pedal after losing focus over the first two games of the series.
“Look, this is the playoffs,” Spoelstra said. “So you deal with whatever is in front of you. They came out, Boston did, with great force in this game and you do have to credit them for that. They sustained it for the better majority of the game. We were on our heels most of the game.”
The Heat remain confident in themselves, but it’s a trend they know they must fix to continue their dream run in the bubble. Aside from the fact they fell into yet another early hole, what frustrated Butler is that he knows his team can play harder. He acknowledged after Game 2 that the Celtics had more talent on paper than the Heat do, and he knows that to get to the NBA Finals, they have to make up for that talent disparity in other areas.
“We didn’t play hard enough,” Butler said. “I think we didn’t do anything that we said that we were going to do. We knew how they were going to attack us. We weren’t helping each other. We weren’t making an extra pass a lot of the times. We have to play basketball the way we have been playing the games that we have been winning. We understand that. There’s nothing that Coach can say. There’s nothing that OG [Udonis Haslem] can say. We get it. We have to be the ones to fix that.”
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kemba Walker and Jimmy Butler entered the NBA on the same night. They’ve paid their dues since the 2011 NBA draft. Butler is a five-time All-Star, Walker a four-time selection. Walker has the better scoring numbers, Butler the better defensive numbers. Butler leads with a style that’s often erroneously […]Celtics’ Walker, Heat’s Butler waited years for East finals — The China Post, Taiwan
CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Jimmy Butler, 31; Dilshad Vadsaria, 35; Andrew Lincoln, 47; Robert Herjavec, 58. Happy Birthday: A desire for change will tempt you to move or rethink your direction this year. Take your time, and evaluate each scenario with discretion. Impulsiveness and stubbornness will be your downfall if you let emotions be…Horoscopes Sept. 14, 2020: Jimmy Butler, take your time and evaluate each scenario with discretion — Times-Standard
Fourth-quarter scoring: Jimmy Butler 17, Milwaukee Bucks 13. Or, Giannis Antetokounmpo 4, Miami Heat 40.Jimmy Butler outscores Milwaukee in dominant fourth quarter, Miami leads series 3-0 — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports
Heats’ Jimmy Butler Out; Virus Hint – Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler, who scored 22 points in Miami’s restart-opening win over Denver on Saturday, had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae […]NBA News — INSANE SPORTSHeats’ Jimmy Butler Out; Virus Hint – Jimmy Butler was not with the Miami Heat for practice Sunday, and one of his teammates suggested that he was quarantining away from the team. The Heat said only that Butler, who scored 22 points in Miami’s restart-opening win over Denver on Saturday, had “an excused absence.” But Heat teammate Jae Crowder indicated that it wasn’t just a day off for Butler. “We want to talk to him as soon as he gets out of quarantine or whatever he’s in,” Crowder said. “It’s just a next-man-up mentality from a standpoint of staying locked in and engaged, because we know he’s locked in and engaged once he’s able to get back with us. “It’s definitely a curveball for all of us to hear stuff like what’s going on with him,” Crowder added. “You never know what to expect.” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he didn’t know whether Butler would be available to play Monday when Miami faces the Toronto Raptors. The Heat play the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. Crowder’s reference to “quarantine,” especially in these times, suggests that there is a concern about the coronavirus. Everyone inside the NBA’s so-called bubble, players included, is tested daily for the coronavirus. Those tests results are often back within 24 hours, sometimes much less. Read more at: https://www.foxnews.com/sports/butler-misses-heat-practice-teammate-hints-hes-isolating (Associated Press)