Boston was in a mood of celebration, but Miami Heat spoilt their party as Jimmy Butler torched the Celtics Defense, and go down to a showdown Game 7. The Miami Heat aren’t done just yet, as we head to a do-or-die Game 7 on Sunday night in South Beach. Shannon Sharpe was all praises for Jimmy Butler, who led the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference to a crucial 111-103 victory in Game 6 at TD Garden to extend this series and keep their title hopes alive. Butler scored 47 points – a career playoff high and one of the best performances by a player facing elimination in NBA history .
Butler was fantastic for Miami when they needed him to be the most as he finished the win with a game-high 47 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 4steals and 4 three-pointers. Butler also had Kyle Lowry put in a huge supporting performance in one of his best games of the postseason finishing with 18 points, 10 assists before ultimately fouling out.
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown did all they could to steer the Celtics to their first Finals berth since 2010 , it wasn’t enough even though the two combined for 50 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists while shooting a combined 15/25 from the field. Not only that, Miami heat has gone onto establish their dominance, with the betting odds and momentum shifting in their favor ahead of Game 7. Quite unimaginable scenes in Boston as Celtics fans also gave out the saddest ever cheer to their team.
“That was a virtuoso” – Shannon Sharpe is in awe of Jimmy Butler
It was “Deja Vu” for the Heat fans as Butler put in a performance for the ages, in a similar situation as ‘King James’, when he was at Miami. A decade ago, the Celtics won Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals in Miami to take a 3-2 lead on the Heat and went back home with a chance to close things out. LeBron James went berserk the next game, as he put together his famous “Game 6” performance, finishing with 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to crush the Celtics’ dreams.
Shannon Sharpe, the former NFL legend, had to eat his own words after Game 6, as he had previously predicted the Celtics to sail home in Game 6. “The Celtics are better and the deeper team. I expect Jayson Tatum to show that he’s the best player in this series. I’m taking the Celtics in 6 games.”
“Jimmy Butler with 47 9 8 just had a @KingJames gm 6 against the Celtics in the Garden. That was a virtuoso” Shannon tweeted, comparing Butler’s supreme performance with ‘King James’ himself.
Jimmy Butler reminded him that with him on the court, its not going to be easy. Shannon was in awe of his blistering performance, which reminded all of us the famous, Lebron James performance against the Celtics, in the very same situation 10 years ago!
Jimmy Butler had struggled with a knee issue in the last two games. He could produce only 19 points in those matches, shooting a dismal seven of 32 from the field The Miami Heat looked done and dusted in their Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics following their Game 5 loss at home. They were the underdogs heading into Game 6 at TD Garden, and many expected their season to end. After being a no-show for the past few games, he was flat-out tremendous in this one, as Butler dominated Boston with a career-defining night. Driving to the lane for powerful finishes and free throws, tough jumpers to beat the shot clock, jumping
The Celtics came into Friday night’s Game 6 with a chance to close out the series and advance to the Finals for the first time since 2010. Instead, they’ll have to make another trip to Miami for Game 7, where they’ll need to win for the third time in the series in order to keep their season alive. Jimmy Buckets is in scintillating form, and will make it very difficult for Boston to win against the Heat in a Game 7 showdown. Its Butler vs Tatum , Celtics vs Heat, in the heat of glory , who will survive ? Game 7 awaits !