The Miami Heat are now in a tense position in the Eastern Conference Finals. After their initial 3-0 lead, the Heat slipped as they failed to pick a win and advance to the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics, on the other hand, have their eyes on creating history. It was rather shocking to see the Jimmy Butler-led Heat failing to capitalize on Games 4, 5 and 6 as the Celtics have now tied the series 3-3.
Miami would’ve walked into Game 6 with great expectations. Playing at home, the stage was set for them to seal the series out and go forward. However, Boston has had a knack of not giving up until the very last moment. Game 6 was neck and neck for the most part, as both teams gave tough competition. However, Derrick White pulled out an absolute scorcher of a clutch bucket to put the Celtics up by one at the buzzer. The score at the end of regulation was 104-103.
After the Heat were edged in Game 6, many are reflecting on Jimmy Butler‘s performance. Butler has been Miami’s front-running player and has played exceptionally well this postseason. However, they are now on the verge of losing the Conference Finals as they blew a formidable lead. Butler scored a modest 24 points in Game 6 while shooting 5-21 from the field.
On the other hand, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brownled the Celtics on the scoring front yet again. Tatum put up 31 points while Brown had 26 points. Moreover, Al Horford played an excellent effort on the defensive front. The Boston Celtics are now on the verge of creating history as they go back home for Game 7.
Twitter reacts to Jimmy Butler’s disappointing Game 6 performance
Jimmy Butler has been under some fire after his Game 6 performance. Fans are mocking the guard on Twitter, pointing out his nonchalant dismissive attitude after Game 5. “We just have to play better, start the game better… We’re always going to stay positive knowing that we can and we will win this series. We’ll just have to close it out at home,” Butler said in the post-game press conference. Twitter is now calling him out for failing to follow up on it in Game 6. Here are some reactions:
The Eastern Conference Finals will now move to Boston for an unexpected Game 7. The Boston Celtics will be high on confidence as they are on the back of a three games win streak. Miami Heat, on the other hand, have their back against the wall as they cannot afford another slip-up. As both teams are about to play, the Denver Nuggets sit and watch who they will face for the 2022-23 NBA championship.
Ritvik Malhotra is an NBA editor and writer for FirstSportz. He has previously worked with renowned media outlets such as FootTheBall and EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for nearly a decade and has been a diehard fan of Kevin Durant since his heydays with the Oklahoma City Thunder. When not writing about the beautiful game, he enjoys his rock playlist.
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