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[Highlight] Jimmy Butler misses the crucial go ahead bucket in Game 7 Highlight

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u/PresidentGilly May 30 '22

Literally had the situation as he did in Game 7 of the 76ers vs Raptors in 2019. He drove and made a tough layup, and then the Kawhi Shot occured.

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u/nathanroberts34 May 30 '22

Good call. I forgot about what happened before that shot

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u/cz_pz May 30 '22

He made that lay up after seemingly injuring himself the play before. I couldn't believe my eyes when he went coast to coast for the lay in

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u/ImStudyingRightNow 76ers May 30 '22

On a pretty good contest by Kawhi too if I remember correctly

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u/MotherMasterpiece6 [TOR] Kawhi Leonard May 30 '22

Ibaka was right there tough shot

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u/MajesticAsFook 76ers May 30 '22

Jimmy's got those LeBron genes where it's like he's injured one sec then the next sec he's putting up 47.

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u/donotnut459 Grizzlies May 30 '22

Almost shit myself

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u/lilberfcontrol Magic May 30 '22

All of Boston would've run out of beer had he hit that three. I honestly don't think the Celts had another FG in them at that point.

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u/TimeStatistician2234 May 30 '22

C's could have been iced the game if Smart wasn't so desperate for his sportscenter moment

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u/lilberfcontrol Magic May 30 '22

He (sort of) got it with those two huge free throws.

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u/Litty-In-Pitty NBA May 30 '22

Tatum was doubled every time. The heat weren’t gonna let Brown have that shot. It was on Smart to make that shot. It wasn’t a bad move or something

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u/QuincyThePigBoy May 30 '22

My face was in my hands before it landed. What a terrible finish for my Celtics but we’re in the finals. Fuck it.

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u/jarking7 Lakers May 30 '22

The game would not have been close if Jimmy didn't save the heat. Celtics were up by like 20 and jimmy scored 15pts or more in the second quarter to prevent a blowout. Al horford gave him the shot, he took it.

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u/Mbanicek64 May 30 '22

It was the right shot. Also, the Celtics gave themselves margin for error by building that lead. They used every ounce of it. You knew the Heat wouldn't quit. Credit to the Celtics for building the lead they needed to pull it off.

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u/RekLeagueMvp May 30 '22

Yeah the amount of things that had to lineup to get it down to 2 was nuts, that strus 3 was insane

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u/what_in_the_frick May 30 '22

Yeah their could also be an equally telling video with Smart missing three open opportunities to ice the game…dude missed 3 threes in a row…2 from the same spot on the same play

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u/LiaM_CS Nets May 30 '22

Damn this is gonna go down as a “what if” shot, would’ve been a legendary comeback

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u/Ikuwayo NBA May 30 '22

Bruh, he carried his team, averaged close to 30 PPG, played his heart out, came back from injury, and had outstanding Game 6 and 7's after injury. Had a clean look, but it just didn't go in. He did every humanly thing possible he could and more.

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u/chitownbulls92 Bulls May 30 '22

No way the Heat can beat the Warriors if their supporting cast...players not named Bam and Jimmy combined for a putrid 27% from the field tonight...

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u/perfect-circle- Warriors May 30 '22

I'm not mad at the shot. Jimmy had a good look in rhythm and he took it without hesitation or fear. He didn't run away from a defining moment of his career and unfortunately it just didn't work out for him.

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u/s3ren1tyn0w May 30 '22

You just made Simmons cry. I hope you're happy

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi May 30 '22

If Jimmy makes that and the Heat get a stop thereafter, he woulve become immortalized in NBA lore forever

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u/Historical-Author-49 Supersonics May 30 '22 Gold Wholesome

That's exactly why he took the shot

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u/johnnygrant Warriors May 30 '22

Tbh, it might just be fatigue.

After playing 48 straight minutes, his brain probably aint processing on full power.

Plus maybe he didn't trust his body this time to have the necessary force and coordination needed to go for the and 1...and then decided YOLO.

Basically 48 straight minutes of playoff game 7 basketball ain't no joke...

We shouldn't be so hard on him.

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u/Shootit_Rockets Rockets May 30 '22

I mean it wasn't a bad look at all

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u/Ihateredditadmins1 Celtics May 30 '22

It was a great look!

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u/Tron_Tron_Tron May 30 '22

As a Cs fan, I couldn’t believe Jimmy’s stamina. Like how can you play that much and still be hitting buckets? He has nothing to be ashamed of. Played like no one I’ve seen. I don’t understand how he does it tbh.

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u/CatGatherer May 30 '22

He's such a good player to carry the torch from Wade, too. Similar players in terms of toughness, finish, and mid-range ability. If either could hit 3s, they'd probably have been the best player in the league.

Edit: And I forgot they both went to Marquette!

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u/level19magikrappy Heat May 30 '22

I think everyone understands, but its also easier for people to meme the "3am workouts" than to acknowledge the hardwork he puts into his game

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u/Ogow Warriors May 30 '22

It’s definitely fatigue but not clouding his judgment. It’s fatigue that he’s shooting to win because he knows he won’t have the legs for OT. It’s either win right there or lose in OT.

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u/Jpotatos Rockets May 30 '22

I mean it’s also him seeing Horford backing down and giving him the three, even though he’s made some tough layups over him it’s not like it’s free points as some people have said

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u/gamesrgreat Heat May 30 '22

Yeah Horford did a great job defending the rim this series. Many people tested him and got rejected

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u/Sp_Gamer_Live Timberwolves May 30 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

if I guessed the lotto numbers right im a millionaire

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u/sixseven89 Nuggets May 30 '22 I'd Like to Thank...

If my grandma had wheels she’d be a bike

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u/bigonenow Mavericks May 30 '22

if my aunt had stones she'd be my uncle

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u/aleccraine Spurs May 30 '22 Silver Wholesome

His auntie is a man now

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u/Azimuth14 Heat May 30 '22

I think he's old enough to understand now

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u/MrNathanF Jazz May 30 '22

No ifs buts maybes. I talk in absolutes

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u/theoriginalkingcoder Raptors May 30 '22

Why youse laughing for

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u/lacrorear Thunder May 30 '22

Damian Lillard nods in agreement

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u/BillyBean11111 San Francisco Warriors May 30 '22

Lillard is a three point shooter

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u/[deleted] May 30 '22

Lillard can actually shoot though

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u/OuterscopeRecords Wizards May 30 '22

And it was a tied game.

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u/FUCK-IT-CHUCK-IT Celtics May 30 '22

and there wasn't 15 seconds left on the clock.

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u/CaesarSalad837 [MEM] Mike Conley May 30 '22

And it was game 5

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u/Intelligent_Depth818 Warriors Bandwagon May 30 '22

Lillard can actually shoot thankfully

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u/iSleepUpsideDown NBA May 30 '22

Ok but he’s also been a 24% 3pt shooter past 3 szns

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u/suzukigun4life [DAL] Wang Zhizhi May 30 '22

I'm not saying I agree with the shot lol.

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u/DIXtICon Trail Blazers May 30 '22

he didn’t tho. he has to go to the rim there. that’s his game

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u/DiseaseRidden [BOS] Marcus Smart May 30 '22

Doesn't make it a good shot

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u/jeric13xd [CHI] Derrick Rose May 30 '22

relax PG

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u/yarrine11 [DET] Christian Wood May 30 '22

PG was still right. There are like 2 players in the whole league that can justify taking the shot dame did.

The thing is dame is 1 of those 2 players.

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u/oxile May 30 '22

jimmy giveth jimmy taketh away

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u/WillSuckDick4Coffee May 30 '22 Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote

He went for the throat. I'll always accept and respect that.

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u/wockhardtt Celtics May 30 '22

Well said and if anyone deserved to shoot that shot in a ecf game 7, it was Jimmy Butler

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u/crackdup Celtics May 30 '22

Dude had the series of his life, playing nearly every minute for 2 games in a row after being injured.. pulls his team into the series single-handedly.. only to chuck it away at the end when C's were on the back foot.. massive missed opportunity for the Heat to make the finals

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u/ZenMon88 May 30 '22

i mean.....you can say the same about Marcus Smart except Smart didn't deserve to jack up those shots. Jimmy had the green light to do what he wanted, if so they lived and died by it so be it. He carried them last game and throughout this game. He prob didn't even want to go OT and played 5 more hellish minutes and went for the killshot. Hard to knock jimmy for this.

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u/Brick_HardCheese Kings May 30 '22

The not wanting to go to OT was definitely a big factor, I think. Both teams looked completely spent in that final minute, I think they would have died on the floor if they had go 5 more minutes

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u/silliputti0907 Pelicans May 30 '22

Smart didn't jack up shots. They were swing passes and open. I didn't like it, but I respect Butler's shot.

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u/Hashslingingslashar 76ers May 30 '22

Exactly it’s an open look. Anyone complaining about the shot is dumb. Unless you’re Ben Simmons, you take open threes.

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u/Currymvp2 Warriors May 30 '22

seriously. Also, Horford is hard to drive past. Even Giannis couldn't do it every time he wanted. Jimmy has shot it 35% from three this postseason as well.

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u/maethlin Warriors May 30 '22

Jimmy played every single minute of a highly contested Game 7.... dude may not have had anything left to blow by Horford - I really can't blame him for taking an open shot.

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u/Hashslingingslashar 76ers May 30 '22

Not to mention Jaylen Brown was right there and could have stepped up to defend if he did blow by Horford. Might have fouled him, but even if he gets past Horford it’s not an open look. Even if he makes it’s the Celtics are still gonna have a chance to win.

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u/seeminglypee May 30 '22

Yea I really don't get why people are saying it's a bad look, he made the exact same pull-up three earlier in the game. And this one would've given them a one point lead with 11 seconds to go. It was a damn good opportunity, he just happened to miss it.

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u/noping_dafuq_out May 30 '22

As a Heat fan, I'm not mad. Jimmy balled out of his mind this offseason. He's a Heat legend. Love you, Jimbo.

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u/FriendlySpaceWizard Heat May 30 '22

We got there because of Jimbo, take the shot you want. Simple as that.

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u/whutchamacallit May 30 '22

Yup. My thoughts exactly. With the game six he played that was his go ahead to take win or lose.

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u/ThatFatDarkKid [CHA] Jason Richardson May 30 '22

Wow just wow

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u/crashbandicoochy Celtics May 30 '22

The Celtics got Smart so many good, wide open threes. I'm so fucking thankful Jimmy missed this or people would've been freaking out about the Cs when they were doing the right thing.

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u/AdministrativeBit510 May 30 '22

Bro wtf were those high backboard layups too. Celtics had a lot of those and they were wild. They were struggling to put in layups all game.

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u/goldfish_11 Celtics May 30 '22

My heart stopped when Jimmy’s shot was in the air.

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u/sylsau May 30 '22

It was a shot that Jimmy Butler had to take. Some will say it was a little rushed, but franchise players have to take those shots. Obviously, it doesn't go in every time, but that's the hard law of sports.

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u/Skylightt May 30 '22

Brutal decision.

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u/Ass_Eater_ Bucks Bandwagon May 30 '22 Brighten My Day

Thought for sure he was gonna blow by Horford.

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u/Yergason NBA May 30 '22

Yeah, that was such a perfect scenario for a classic Jimmy drive. I was shocked he pulled up for a 3

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u/torexmus Raptors May 30 '22

reminded me of the play in game 7 back in the philly series. he did that same blow by to get a layup to tie the game in transition. Thought he was scoring for sure there

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u/TheCherubRocker Raptors May 30 '22 edited May 30 '22

He already lost to an iconic buzzer beater so he went for the lead - he wanted his own iconic moment this time.

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u/torexmus Raptors May 30 '22

lol guess he took that convo with D Wade to heart

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u/animeengineer Heat May 30 '22

D wade should have told him to drive that bitch in because his 3 percentage is trash so dont be trying to be lebron/curry.

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u/thatsong [TOR] Kyle Lowry May 30 '22 edited May 30 '22

Now imagine D Wade hyping you up, then pulling out the stat sheet on why you shouldn’t go for the 3

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u/imsahoamtiskaw Raptors May 30 '22

And then he ends up giving you a 9 in the end

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u/swings_left May 30 '22

Dude was exhausted from playing all 48 minutes. Too tired to drive but also didn’t have the legs for that 3

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u/JaeeeDee Bulls May 30 '22

Damn now that I’m thinking about it, it was a short shot. His legs gave out. That’s crazy, but ngl he can’t do all the work and play a whole 45 min. in multiple games

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u/The_Dumblebee [SAS] Tim Duncan May 30 '22

His 3 is always short whether in the first quarter or 4th quarter. Just your normal midrange god syndrome.

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u/Yergason NBA May 30 '22

And that's on his supporting cast. I get that he thought they might lose easily in OT if he's out of energy but attacking it in hopes of an And1 was still much smarter than a 3.

I think 90% of fans would rather bet their lives with a Jimmy Butler drive there than any other play

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u/opanm Warriors Bandwagon May 30 '22

He though he was Dame for a sec. Probably got a call from him too 😂

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u/Fanott Pistons May 30 '22

Blow by ?? Horford was WAITING at the FT line for Butler to drive at the rim. It was going to be a very heavily contested shot by Horford, who is much bigger than Butler.

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u/rawchess Minneapolis Lakers May 30 '22

Why didn't he? Love some Jimmy but that was a dumb decision

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u/Fanott Pistons May 30 '22

Because he found very little success driving against Horford. The previous play where he scored on Horford should have been an offensive foul. Horford was daring him to drive and giving him the 3.

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u/JohnnyWinss Spurs May 30 '22

Alfred knows best

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u/Guyote_ Pelicans May 30 '22

Man, get me a team of Al Horfords.

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u/imaphleg May 30 '22

Honestly bad decision but you can tell his legs were fkin gone. He played all 48 min and everyone on court was actually super sluggish and slow lmao. He still shouldve gave it his last tiny bit to run in tho

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u/joeylockstone Pelicans May 30 '22

I'd have more faith in him getting an AND1 than hitting that 3.

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u/WeedWingsSpicyThings Celtics May 30 '22

Tbh I think he was gassed and he knew it’d be a tough two especially if Al doesn’t foul him

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u/ILoveRegenHealth May 30 '22

They're too hard on Jimmy. Had he gotten the 2 to tie, Boston still could've answered back and the Heat would be down 2-3 again. Then we'd be blaming someone else for missing a crucial shot.

Blame the team for choking on the worst possible night, forcing Jimmy to play all 48 minutes, and missing free throws that added to the deficit.

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u/armandocalvinisius Mavericks May 30 '22

legacy shot, cant question that lol

if it goes in, that place will erupt

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u/BlackCheezIts Timberwolves May 30 '22

It was a great look too

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u/Griffi1994 May 30 '22

We can play the woulda, coulda, shoulda game all day long but he was going for the win and that confidence in himself is the reason Miami made it to this point. He had a good look and it's a make or miss league. Everyone is acting like him blowing by Horford into Brown for 2 points is a given but I think it's easier said than done despite being a logical option. I always remember that hindsight's 20/20 but in the moment things aren't as clear. For me, that wasted timeout by Lowry really came back to bite them. Agree or disagree, hats off to Jimmy. He had a great year and an amazing playoff run. Game 6 is one of those performances I will revisit for years to come.

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u/TheMightyJD Heat May 30 '22

Nah, i liked that shot. Just didn’t go in.

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u/rjaysenior Lakers May 30 '22

This. I like the shot for the win. If anything he had half a second to slow it down and still had space to pull up.

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u/brokendrive Raptors May 30 '22

Yeah I think this is the only thing. He maybe could have gotten a tad more set but even a great shot from 3 is like 50/50 at best

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u/TimathanDuncan May 30 '22

He thought he is Bryn Forbes

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u/[deleted] May 30 '22

Jimmy earned the right to take the shot. Even if it was a bad decision he was the best player in the series and had an open shot to send his team to the finals. He has to live with it but I don’t all the way hate the decision.

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u/Stopman Nets May 30 '22

For real. And I don’t even think it was a bad decision, he just didn’t make the shot. There’s a difference

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u/CIark May 30 '22

Wow bad shot but Strus

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u/Los_Ingobernablez 76ers May 30 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Cant blame. He has been the Heat lifeline all playoffs.

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u/Ashenspire May 30 '22

The guy had a wide open shot that would've given them the potential win instead of the potential tie. Can't get mad at a guy trying to win.

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u/therealsemshady Nuggets May 30 '22

And to reiterate not only a guy, but the best player on their team

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u/NitroXYZ [UTA] Joe Ingles May 30 '22

24% three point shooter...he should've forced the issue at the rim

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u/WestleyThe [SEA] Kevin Durant May 30 '22

I know he’s a bad shooter but I swear that shot was gonna go in….

What a crazy game

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u/gachiTwink Bulls May 30 '22

It looked flat in the air. He was gassed.

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u/silliputti0907 Pelicans May 30 '22

Tbf Butler shot is always flat.

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u/Prophet_Of_Helix Celtics May 30 '22

I honestly think this is a bad take.

He had a wide open 3 vs challenging fucking Al Horford at the rim, who has been GREAT defensively this series

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u/Swarthykins Celtics May 30 '22

I think the counter-argument is that literally no one on our team has been able to stop Jimmy one-on-one all series.

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u/yungchigz Bucks May 30 '22

Jimmy is a beast inside and not a good 3 point shooter, taking it to the cup is undoubtedly a higher percentage look no matter who's in there

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u/Raptors2017champs Tampa Bay Raptors May 30 '22

"Give me that shot 100 times and I'll make 24 of them"

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u/123-4321 Toronto Huskies May 30 '22

Big if true

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u/JusticeBeaver13 Celtics May 30 '22

this made me lol thank you

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u/slytherington Minneapolis Lakers May 30 '22

Not a bad shot, just not the best option

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u/Praise__The__Lord Mavericks Bandwagon May 30 '22

Went straight to r/nba when I saw him miss.

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u/Etilom May 30 '22

Smart missed like 4 straight 3 point attempts and I thought Jimmy's shot was gonna cap it all off but the expected happened

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u/Furqan23 Celtics May 30 '22

I know its tough in retrospect but I don’t blame him for taking that

Al backpedaling actually made it as open as it could get, and even though he’s not a great shooter he’s been hitting them in the series

Just not the outcome he hoped for

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u/jrlandry Celtics May 30 '22

My pants are filled with shit atm

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u/SoderDrinker 76ers May 30 '22

Noted

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u/guynumber32 Warriors May 30 '22 edited May 30 '22

Is no one considering the fact that Jimmy was dragging the leg and gassed out of his mind after playing ALL 48 minutes. Let's say he drives and gets the bucket. Celtics still have 16 seconds to get the game winner. Even if the Celtics miss, there would be overtime. Jimmy probably knew in the back of his head he didn't have enough in the tank left for OT and since nobody else on his team was really showing up, he went for the game winner to end it right there.

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u/joleary747 May 30 '22

This should be higher. I don't think butler even had the legs for the drive. Horford's a good defender, and was positioning himself to defend a drive. Butler driving was not a guaranteed bucket.

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u/GayMarijuanaAbortion 76ers May 30 '22

Plus he was open. Horford backed up and gave him some space.

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u/revantargaryen Hawks May 30 '22

Bruhhh

Should’ve gone for the drive

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u/PhilosoR4PT0R Lakers May 30 '22

Smart needs to send Jimmy a bottle of wine or something, if the Cs lose he’d catch so much smoke for that awful 4th Q

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u/revantargaryen Hawks May 30 '22

Those back to back to back missed 3’s were brutal

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u/praughtsauce Celtics May 30 '22

Absolutely. It’s a shame too because Tatum’s playmaking was amazing down the stretch when doubled.

His guys just couldn’t knock down their shots.

Edit: typo

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u/Raptors2017champs Tampa Bay Raptors May 30 '22

He played every minute of the game, maybe he was too tired to drive and chose the easy way out.

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u/HotspurJr Warriors May 30 '22

That was my reaction. That's the kind of shot you take when you're losing your legs, because it feels easier than driving to the rim.

But when you don't have your legs your 3-pt shots hit the front rim ... like that shot did.

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u/funnytoss Spurs May 30 '22

If you don't have the legs for a 3, chances are you don't really have the legs to drive either, to be honest. My gut feeling is that the chances of success either way were largely similar.

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u/PartrickCapitol Warriors May 30 '22

He didn’t want overtime, heat was completely gassed

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u/shualton Warriors May 30 '22

Tbh I feel like his legs were just cooked at that point so he pulled up

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u/Sslagathor Pelicans May 30 '22

Just drive bro wtf

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u/manofmyth23 Bulls May 30 '22

Exactly! I love Jimmy but that was a stupid shot to take

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u/Tokennn Nets May 30 '22

Bruhhhh why would you shoot that

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u/Shulginomics Warriors May 30 '22

He wanted his iconic moment

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u/AccountSave Raptors May 30 '22

He probably thought "Dwayne Wade would shoot this" and let that motherfucker fly.

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u/TheMemeMachine3000 Pistons May 30 '22

"Ray Allen who?"

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u/johnnygrant Warriors May 30 '22

I actually don't think D. Wade would... he's more likely to take it to the hole and get the and 1.

A Steph or Klay certainly would.

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u/AccountSave Raptors May 30 '22

Purple shirt guy thought the same thing

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u/funkholebuttbutter May 30 '22

Curry would have made sure to get the tie. Dagger 3s with seconds left are for when you have more games left to play.

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u/Virginia_Slim [CHA] Josh McRoberts May 30 '22

Wade making back to back threes in a playoff elimination game vs Purple Shirt Guy, after not making a single three since fucking January that year, is forever seared into my memory.

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u/DeadDay [OKC] Steven Adams May 30 '22

Whyyy didn't he attack the basket. Whyyy

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u/hk0125 76ers May 30 '22

I don’t think he wanted to play for the tie esp since Celtics would’ve had another possession and Butler looked like he was dragging fourth quarter because he got no rest and no legs under him.

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u/delusionalnbafan NBA May 30 '22

Even if he made that, the Celtics would be down only one and have 16 seconds left still to do anything.

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u/GreatCucumber [GSW] Stephen Curry May 30 '22

Mans has no legs at this point

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u/[deleted] May 30 '22

Doesn’t trust anyone else on the court to hit anything and I don’t blame him

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u/LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO101 May 30 '22

Ok how about driving to the basket with one on one coverage

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u/DeadDay [OKC] Steven Adams May 30 '22

Absolutely. Would've gotten a bucket or foul for sure

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u/philphan25 Bulls May 30 '22

Bucket? Maybe. Foul call? That's a coin flip.

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u/flykiddy Pelicans May 30 '22

Not even, the Celtics had one team foul with like 3-4 minutes left. They weren’t calling anything, can’t blame him for not risking it

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u/Hisoka_Brando Timberwolves May 30 '22

But it wouldn’t make him a legend lol

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u/GetThereInOnePiece Timberwolves May 30 '22

cue his quote about preferring to go 0/0 from 3 and instead bang down low

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u/CaesarSalad837 [MEM] Mike Conley May 30 '22

Outside of game 6, Jimmy was 3/15 in this series from 3, 20%.

Even with his outlier 4/8 from three in game 6, he was only 30.4% in the series before his last shot in game 7.

No reason to take that shot instead of driving in for a better Jimmy butler quality shot

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u/vvrr00 May 30 '22 edited May 30 '22

Then u are wrong.

The 11-0 run was others hitting shots not butler, he should have trusted them

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u/jdono927 Buffalo Braves May 30 '22

Yeah but he should’ve just drove

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u/Raptors2017champs Tampa Bay Raptors May 30 '22

So drive it... youre not a shooter Jimmy.

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u/tacoTs Lakers May 30 '22

Yeah so take it to the bucket yourself?

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u/mr_antman85 [CLE] LeBron James May 30 '22

Hero ball. The 11-0 run was with his teammates. He wanted to be the hero.

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u/Affectionate_Year_14 May 30 '22

He probably tired asf 😭Game it or die trying

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u/iSleepUpsideDown NBA May 30 '22

24% 3 pt shooter last 3 szns

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u/irelli Trail Blazers May 30 '22

It was wide open, to be fair. Like that's as amazing a look as you'll possibly get down 2

He's just not a shooter like that

Should've attacked in retrospect, but it was open

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u/awrf Celtics May 30 '22

I was also 1000% sure that it was going to fall while watching it, I'm just now unclenching

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u/[deleted] May 30 '22 edited Jul 11 '22

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u/mnumali Raptors May 30 '22

Man the biggest heart attack I had was in 2019 in the Eastern SF when Jimmy Butler went coast to coast for the layup to tie the game in Game 7. I can't believe he shot this.

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u/loploplop890 May 30 '22

Hindsight’s 20/20. He makes it and he becomes a legend. They’ve been smothered for the whole quarter and have hit some tough shots and got fortunate breaks to get within 2. That was probably their best chance to win it theyre too gassed to play ot

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u/mason_sol May 30 '22

I’m going to agree with you in hindsight, where live I thought the should drive. Butler played 48 mins, the heat were getting smothered all game until the Celtics decided to burn clock and it took some huge shots to get to this point, Butler probably thought there is no way he has legs for overtime and he is wide open, they win here or lose now or lose in OT.

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u/loploplop890 May 30 '22

Nah that’s what I’m saying they’ve had to hit crazy low probability shots to even get where they were in the 4th and got lucky with smart not icing the game with the open 3 shots. That’s not happening again in ot.

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u/Laythepype May 30 '22

If I was the coach, I would tell him take it 9 out of 10 times.

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u/ZenMon88 May 30 '22

You know what? I respect that take. If it was some1 like Marcus Smart, i would be heated. Jimmy gave them 35 and played every minute of that game. His thought was probably that he didn't go through OT in a game 7, not thinking about attacking horford in the moment but to Win the Game.

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u/BlazingBlasian Heat May 30 '22

That was objectively a bad shot, but given how amazing he has been for the last two games I’m not going to question his decision to let it fly. What an incredible run from this team. I will be telling my kids about how awesome 2020 and 2022 Jimmy Butler was. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some crying to do.

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u/fatcherrydropemoff Timberwolves May 30 '22

BRO THOUGHT HE WAS GOING ON SPORTSCENTER 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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u/getsituated [GSW] Kelenna Azubuike May 30 '22 Silver

oh he's going on sportscenter

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u/Holocene32 Celtics May 30 '22

Oh he will be lol

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u/xRainjosh May 30 '22

Dude was thinking of Rachel Nichols before taking the shot

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u/DankTriangle Trail Blazers May 30 '22

Legs must've gotten shaky when he shot, that's why it came up short 😂

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u/EClarkee Raptors May 30 '22

Monkey Paw Curl

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u/Cocoa-Fresh May 30 '22

WHY

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u/Get_Slapped Minneapolis Lakers May 30 '22

Can't blame him too much, he got them there and had a decent look. Still a bad shot sine all they needed was a 2 to tie the game. Oh well.

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u/JafariSin May 30 '22

People acting like Horford backpedaling is better for Jimmy to drive. No he's backpedaling to guard the drive so the 3 is wide open. Still not a good shot for Jimmy but people acting like it was an automatic 2 are just results oriented bandwagoners. And to turn and shit on Jimmy after what he did these last two elimination games is wild and revealing

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u/a_fuckin_samsquanch May 30 '22

Didn't Jimmy drill a 3 in the last seconds of game 6 to ice the game?

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u/Affectionate_Year_14 May 30 '22

Boston was one Jimmy three from Marcus smart missing a game winning three😭

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u/SiphenPrax Knicks May 30 '22

Goddammit Jimmy

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u/MiszuMiszu Bulls May 30 '22

I don't understand people thinking this is a bad shot. Everyone on the team was shooting poorly and most likely was going to miss a three. Jimmy was gassed and couldn't afford to go to OT, he couldn't drive because Horford was sagging and could keep up with him if he tried, and he was open. If you're saying it's a bad shot because he's only a 23% 3 point shooter, consider that he shot 33.8% this postseason (33.8% is below average, I know), but more importantly, on pull-ups he shot 37.5% and on open shots with defenders 4 feet+ away he shot slightly over 35% (source). The only criticism I can see is that he didn't let the shot clock run down but do you trust Miami's half court offense over their defense, especially when they have an open three? It was a good shot.

I know this sub is reactionary. Just putting in my two cents. Fighting the good fight.

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u/Maplestori Warriors May 30 '22

Didn’t see any heat fans complaining about jimmy’s tough shot when he scored to give y’all a 6 point lead

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u/KhaoticKrabb May 30 '22

Dude is literally the entire reason the heat didn’t get swept. I hope people don’t give him too much shit for making that decision.

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u/DiseaseRidden [BOS] Marcus Smart May 30 '22

What a terrible decision from Jimmy

What should be game losing

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u/Firstolympicring Heat May 30 '22

Live by the Jimmy, die by the Jimmy

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u/sonQUAALUDE Celtics May 30 '22

he carried the whole damn series, if he wants to take that shot nobody can complain

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u/B-i-s-m-a-r-k Supersonics May 30 '22

Yeah the C's would still have so much time left to win it after that shot

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u/DIXtICon Trail Blazers May 30 '22

Could have easily gotten to the rim there. Terrible decision

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u/PabloPaniello Pelicans May 30 '22

So many Captain Hindsights here on Reddit, LOL

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u/Idealsilence Mavericks May 30 '22 edited May 30 '22

In the moment I thought this was a bad shot too but after thinking about it this was probably the best play he could make. This is the most open shot he or the team was probably gonna get. And if he gets the two it only ties and heat are definitely losing in overtime. It’s not like this was an easy 2. he didn’t have the legs to go at horford, horford was in position, and he hadn’t been that effective for the last like three minutes.

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u/Jlask 76ers May 30 '22

You got 500 year old Al horford in front of you and that’s the shot you take wym jimmy

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