Jimmy Butler achieved a perfect upgrade in the Finals, as if he became another person, he attacked, organized and defended all at once, playing basketball in the mode of James. This is Butler’s first time in the finals and it’s surprising to see such a crazy outburst.
Jimmy Butler inadvertently made history again, scoring and converting assists to score a cumulative total of 240 points in the past four Finals games, which equates to an average of 60 points per game. In NBA Finals history, Butler’s four consecutive games of manufactured scoring totals rank second all-time, behind only James in the 2017 Finals.
King James had a record-breaking run of 4 consecutive games in the Finals that year, producing a total of 245 points. Michael Jordan produced 239 points in 4 games in the 1993 Finals to rank third all-time in current history, 1 point behind Jimmy Butler.
The crazy Jimmy Butler averaged 29.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 10.2 assists in 5 games in the Finals, which greatly surpassed his regular season level.
Butler averaged 19.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 6.0 assists in the regular season, he doesn’t care about his personal stats, he just wants to help his team win.
In the first game of the finals this year, Butler got 23 points and 5 assists, which was his worst game in the finals stats. With Dragic out injured, Butler took on more offensive organizing duties from the second game of the finals, and he had a wild outburst.
In the past four games, Jimmy Butler averaged 30.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 11.5 assists, 2.8 steals and 1.0 caps, which is a completely James-style finals performance.
James averaged 31.5 points, 11.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.8 caps in the last 4 finals. The two superstars are very close to the 5 basic data contest, King James score and rebounding advantage, but the other 3 are at a disadvantage.
The Lakers really can’t guard Jimmy Butler? Vogel used the Brow to defend Butler in the fourth game of the finals and it worked. But in the fifth game, the Brow defense Butler failure, of course, one of the reasons is the Brow right heel injury, walking after the game are limping, single defense Butler natural effect is not good – Butler in front of him 10 shots 6.
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Lakers defending Butler became a problem, if the package Butler, the Heat shooters will have a lot of openings, Duncan Robinson, Crowder and Hilo can be super shooters.
But the trend now is that the Lakers must limit Butler’s play, or the team will have difficulty winning games. In the fourth game of the finals, the Lakers did not let Butler hit a triple-double to win the game. The two games the Heat won, Butler hit a triple-double. Finals G6, Vogel needs to come up with new tricks to limit Butler.
If the Browns don’t recover enough from their right foot, the Lakers main defense Butler needs to be replaced and maybe James main defense. The Lakers also have to wrap Butler when appropriate, after all, he is the Heat offensive launch point. The most important thing is that the Lakers will have to sink their teeth into it and really play tight defense, not like the fifth game so as to give the Heat players many easy scoring opportunities.
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