The 2019-20 Heat squad will go down as one of the best storylines of their storied franchise. Erik Spoelstra has made the most out of a bunch of "misfits," and turned them into a relentless group of tough, gritty personalities on and off the court.
As Jimmy Butler leaned over the barricade to get some quick ten seconds of rest before he gets to the free throw line again, we immediately realized that the Miami Heat star just emptied the tank. He logged in 47 minutes of play, put up a triple-double, and guarded the best player of the other team.
Now facing a glaring 1-3 hole against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Miami Heat has to pull out every trick in their bag to extend the series. The Lakers made the biggest adjustment in Game 4, putting the hulking but mobile Anthony Davis as the primary defender on Jimmy Butler.
After losing Game 3 to the "Butlerball" Miami Heat, it's now the Lakers' turn to regroup and adjust. It doesn't mean that they have to hit the panic button and retool their overall strategy, especially considering the fact that the Lakers even had the lead early in the fourth quarter of that Game 3 loss.
In what should be a Finals match-up brimming with interesting storylines, the Los Angeles Lakers will be facing a tough-minded, gritty squad from South Beach. The fifth-ranked Miami Heat, led by Jimmy Butler and their brilliant coach Erik Spoelstra, has overcome the odds, beating the more favored teams in the Eastern Conference.
If the Miami Heat fails to escape the Celtics, they lose every bit of momentum they worked hard to earn during the first two games. Unless this series extends to a Game 7, there's no doubt that the next match-up will be the most pivotal one during this year's Eastern Conference Finals face-off.
If the NBA season were to wrap up today, Giannis Antetokounmpo would be crowned MVP. I don’t think a single hoop head out there would deny that he most certainly deserves it.
He has now got rid of the contracts of Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters in the space of exactly 12 months. He has officially traded the un-tradeable.
But that has never been Jimmy’s MO it's all the other things that aren’t as flashy as scoring that has Miami sitting pretty currently in the 3rd seed in the tough Eastern Conference.
It wasn’t supposed to happen, we’re not sure how it happened. But Pat Riley managed to work his magic yet again, leaving the Miami Heat looking like a lock for the playoffs during a summer in which nothing was expected, and certainly not of that magnitude.
Shifting Leonard to the Western Conference alters the balance of power once again. The East is relatively weak, or so it seems.
Houston Rockets are going to pursue Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Jimmy Butler in a sign-and-trade deal this offseason, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After years of mismanagement, poor front office decisions, underwhelming drafts, and offloading their brightest star for what may turn out to be low first round picks, the New York Knicks finally got something right when they drafted R.J. Barrett to play in Madison Square Garden for the foreseeable future.
The Philadelphia 76ers, like many NBA franchises, face great uncertainty this offseason. Jimmy Butler, JJ Redick and Tobias Harris are free agents, while Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the Sixers could get a free agent meeting with Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.
But for once in a blue moon, the Knicks actually seem like they have a plan and they seem like they’re going to stick to it. It’s like Doctor Strange from Infinity War. There are fourteen million six hundred and five outcomes for the next decade or so of the NBA, and there’s only one where the Knicks can win. By sticking to their plan.