Jimmy Butler could potentially become an MVP candidate in the near future at the pace he is playing at. During his earlier days with his former teams, the forward would usually take on roles outside the first and second option. Even though his regular-season statistics may not look as impressive as the others in the league, his leadership has spoken for itself on the Miami Heat roster.
The Heat has been a very solid team lately, especially for their defensive presence. The team finished at the top of the Eastern Conference with a record of 53 wins and 29 losses. Though Butler is a strong factor in their success it purely does not come from him. During the regular, the forward had gone through injuries that really pushed them back but they somehow regrouped and fought through.
Jimmy Butler forces a win versus the Boston Celtic to push for Game 7
Jimmy Butler looked nothing short of a true MVP for the team. His performance during Game 6 had people questioning where his skills came from as conspiracy roam around the league that Michael Jordan is his biological father. With his help, Miami was able to push through for a victory to force an elimination matchup.
Butler erupted on offense finishing 47 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists during the game shooting 16 of 29 from the field. The last three games were not the best for him as he finished with a total of 22 points. He also had an exceptional 41-point game in the series opener. He averaged 27.5 points per game in the last series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Jimmy Butler reveals uplifting message from Heat legend Dwayne Wade
After the game, Jimmy Butler surprised the entire world by pulling off a task people looked impossible, especially because of his lingering injury. The player has been battling it through a knee inflammation which sidelined him during the second half of Game 3. “If I’m out there I gotta do better. I gotta find a way to help us win, and I haven’t been doing that. I’m fine, my knee is okay, I just gotta do better, no excuse,” he said after Game 5.
Jimmy did not fail to comply with his own words in the very next game and balled out. After his masterful performance, he revealed what Dwayne Wade has texted him before the game that motivated him to fight through the injury. The former NBA legend said, “Knee is banged up, nobody cares. Go out there and continue to build your legacy.” Butler thanked Wade for his words of encouragement following the game.