Jimmy Butler of Miami Heat is doing exactly what great LeBron James is doing for LA Lakers over the years. Butler’s performance in the NBA Finals, especially Game 5 is making NBA fans and experts go completely floored. The comparisons with James is what is dominating the headlines before the Game 6 and Butler’s heroics is drawing parallels to that of James in the 2015 NBA Finals.
Just sample this –
– In Game 5 action, Butler was on court for 47 minutes and 12 seconds of action (he only rested for 48 seconds of game time!)
– Butler finished with a stat line of 35 points (on 11-for-19 shooting), 12 rebounds, 11 assists, five steals and a block.
– Butler became the first player in NBA Finals history to score 35 or more points
– Butler’s Game 5 performance came just five days after he recorded a 40-point triple-double in the Heat’s Game 3 win
– For one, he becomes just the fourth player in league history to record multiple triple-doubles with 35 or more points in the same post season.
– Additionally, Butler becomes just the second player to ever record more than one 30-point triple double in a Finals series.
It isn’t the only distinction the two share, either. Butler also joined James as the only players in the play-by-play era (since 1996-97) to record 20 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in a playoff half, with James doing so in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
For the series, Butler is now averaging 29.0 points, 10.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals. In Miami’s two wins? Those numbers increase to an awe-inspiring 37.5 point , 12.0 assists and 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals.
Lakers vs Heat Game 6 Live : Butler’s heroics has given Heat some hope now to level series ?
With Goran Dragic possibly missing the entirety of the series after going down in Game 1 and All-Star Bam Adebayo missing Games 2 and 3, Butler’s heroics have given Miami a fighter’s chance, though they currently trail Los Angeles 3-2.
After 5 games, Butler leads all players in assists (51) and steals (13), is second in scoring (145) and third in rebounds (43).
With Butler in such a form, can Miami continue to surprise James and Lakers ?
Fans in the USA can watch NBA Finals Game 6 live on the ABC Network. In India, Lakers vs Heat Game 6 live telecast will be available on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. The NBA Finals live stream will be available on Sony LIV and FanCode.