October 11, 2020, 10:12 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler made 5-of-10 shots from the field and 1-of-3 shots from the line as he quietly put up a subdued performance in Sunday's blowout loss to the Lakers with 12 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, one 3-pointer and one block.
Game 6 wound up being a statistically anticlimactic performance from Butler, who was dropping triple-doubles in this series like they were nothing. That said, broken dreams aside, Butler, this particular Heat squad, and their performance in these unique playoffs will be remembered for years to come.
October 9, 2020, 11:50 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler brought it all in Friday's must-win affair vs. the Lakers, pouring in a 35-point triple-double in another epic clash with his series rival, LeBron James, leading the Heat to a 111-108 victory in Game 5.
Butler was on his A-game, hitting 11-of-19 shots from the field and a perfect 12-for-12 run at the line for his 35 markers. He also added 12 boards, 11 dimes, five steals, one 3-pointer and one blocked shot to complete an overall epic performance. Nothing less can be expected from one of the league's fiercest competitors. Count on him to lay it all on the line once again in Game 6 as he tries to keep the Heat's championship hopes alive yet again.
October 7, 2020, 12:29 amJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points to go along with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block on 8-of-17 shooting in 43 minutes during a Game 4 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
It was always going to be hard to follow up a 40-point triple-double in the NBA Finals. Butler was guarded by Anthony Davis for most of the night and was of course bothered by the Defensive Player of the Year runner-up. He still managed to do everything for his team tonight including facilitate and rebound but it wasn't enough to even the series up against the Lakers. He'll have to channel everything that he has as the Heat try to claw back into the series in Game 5 on Friday.
October 4, 2020, 10:15 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler knew he needed to step up in a big way if the Heat were going to win Game 3 on Sunday, and that he did, producing a 40-point triple-double on 14-of-20 shooting from the field and 12-of-14 shooting from the line.
Butler was a true leader for the Heat, making sure that everything that needed to get done, got done. He added 11 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two blocks for an overall well-rounded performance. Beyond the box-score impact, Butler provided an aura of aggressiveness and confidence that set the context for the win and became it’s catalyst in the end.
October 2, 2020, 11:59 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler did his best to make Friday's Game 2 competitive, finishing the evening with a team-high 25 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 11-of-12 shooting at the free throw line.
Butler was not a one-man show, as he tried his best to get his teammates involved in the offense, dishing out 13 assists to go with his eight rebounds and one steal. His aggressiveness got him to the line, but those free points on the board were not enough to offset the absences of Goran Dragic (torn plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (strained neck). Expect more big games from Butler as he fights tooth and nail to give the Heat a fighting chance to win the title.
October 1, 2020, 5:37 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler appeared to turn his left ankle in Game 1 on Wednesday but is not listed on the injury report ahead of Friday's Game 2 vs. the Lakers on Friday.
The Heat needed some good news after hearing that both Goran Dragić (left foot torn plantar fascia) and Bam Adebayo (neck strain) are doubtful for Friday. There is no doubt that Butler is in pain but it will take more than an ankle sprain to keep him from competing on the biggest stage. The Heat will need all that he can give them if they hope to compete with Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the rest of the Lakers.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
October 1, 2020, 12:28 amJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler scored 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting along with two rebounds, five assists and two steals as the Heat lost 98-116 to the Lakers on Wednesday.
Butler looked great in the opening minutes and everything was looking swell as the Heat pulled out to an early lead. Then everything around Butler crumbled as both Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo left the game with injuries and didn't return. Seeing Butler's aggression in the first quarter was impressive, but there is only so much he can do alone. There has been a lot of talk about his supportive play style, but that all gets thrown out the window when his two co-stars aren't on the court. With Goran Dragic potentially done for the series, Butler will need to take on a lot of ball handling duties if the Heat hope to mount a comeback.
September 30, 2020, 10:35 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler drove to the basket and appeared to turn his left ankle in the final moments of the first half of Wednesday's Game 1.
Butler drove into Anthony Davis but came down awkwardly and instantly grabbed his ankle. He was seen limping around the court, but stayed in the game for the final seconds of the first half. The Heat have not yet provided any updates to his status.
Update: Butler started the second half and did not appear to have any lingering pain.
September 27, 2020, 10:21 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler scrapped his way to 22 points on 8-of-19 shooting, adding two rebounds, eight dimes and one steal on Sunday as the Heat eliminated the Celtics from contention.
“Butler has been a perfect fit for the Heat and their culture,” is something that has been said repeatedly on multiple occasions, but tonight is the time we’re actually seeing the rewards getting reaped. He will have a tough job ahead of him, going up against no less than LeBron James. That said, if there’s anyone who’s going to bulldog it out and find a way to win despite being a huge underdog, it’s going to be Butler.
September 25, 2020, 11:37 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler posted 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a well-rounded performance on Friday evening but the Celtics won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Butler was a catalyst – as usual – in this one but wasn't in top form, as he turned the ball over three times (twice down the stretch). To that point, he shot the ball just 11 times (5-for-11 FG) and did not make a 3-pointer, going 0-for-2 from deep for the second consecutive game. Butler added a steal and a block in the defeat. The Heat have seen their lead in the series shrink from 3-1 to 3-2.
September 23, 2020, 11:43 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler posted 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting along with nine rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday to put the Heat on the cusp of the NBA finals.
The talk coming out of Game 3 was that Butler needed to be more aggressive on offense. He certainly took more shots tonight than in the prior three games but missed the majority of them and clearly began deferring to Tyler Herro, who was on fire offensively. The Heat are a game away from the finals with Butler playing a more supportive style, so critiques of his play seem to justifiably be falling on deaf ears.
September 19, 2020, 11:57 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler hit 6-of-13 shots from the field and 5-of-6 shots from the line to end Saturday night's Game 3 loss to the Celtics with 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks.
This was an on-par performance from Butler, who clearly needs to crank things up a notch in Game 4 if the Heat want to secure that third win in the series. He's been a great leader for the Heat so far, so there's no doubt that he'll be able to set a context of urgency in the next one. Count on it.
September 17, 2020, 9:58 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler had a solid outing on Thursday night and sunk two clutch free throws to ice the game, finishing with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and four steals in 36 minutes of action.
Butler is a superstar who doesn't need to dominate the ball to be impactful. He seems to always make a good decision late in games and in pivotal moments, and in this game he was able to defer to the guys around him making shots and just be disruptive on the defensive end. He was matched in the team-high 36 minutes by Jae Crowder, who scored 12 points, hit three triples and had three steals of his own.
September 16, 2020, 4:15 pmJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum, Jimmy Butler, Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons and Russell Westbrook have all received the honor of being elected to the 2019-20 All-NBA Third Team.
Tatum and Butler squared off last night in what should be a fantastic Eastern Conference Finals between two of the best teams in today's NBA. Tatum edged out Butler by only six third team votes while both players received exactly 32 second team votes. Gobert was the only player in the group who received a first team vote (1). Simmons and Westbrook rounded out the group and while this is Westbrook's ninth All-NBA award, it is the first time Simmons receives such praise in his third season.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
September 15, 2020, 10:46 pmJimmy ButlerSG, Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler muscled his way to a Game 1 overtime victory over the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, posting 20 points (7-for-14 FG), five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Butler converted an improbable, flailing layup over Jayson Tatum (and was fouled) in the waning seconds of overtime to secure the win. He knocked down the subsequent foul shot as well. The Heat look like a team on a mission and have only lost one game in the playoffs so far, a meaningless Game 4 loss to the Bucks in the previous round. They will look to jump out to a commanding 2-0 series advantage on Thursday in Game 2. Butler is the unquestioned leader of the group and has found a great source of motivation in being a member of the Heat under head coach Erik Spoelstra.