NBA Playoffs: Jimmy Butler’s cockfight against Boston

The Miami Heat defeated Boston in Game 1 of the East Finals 118-107. Jimmy Butler is in alpha mode and the Celtics can take a lot out of this game.

That was a statement Jimmy Butler made in the second half of Game 1 against the Boston Celtics. The striker scored 27 out of 41 points after the change and also seemed to give a clear signal in the direction of Jayson Tatum, who was so often voted the best player in the series beforehand.

“I love the physical game and like to run into my opponents to see who falls first,” Butler said of his performance. “I want to know who gives up first.”

In Game 1, it was not Butler who fell in this cockfight, but Tatum, even though he started furiously with 21 points in the first half. After the break, however, Tatum had a bit to smile about. The Celtics star scored just one field goal, made 6 ball losses and was cheated by Butler twice in a short time in the third quarter. Butler smelled Tatum’s pass, both times it was basically a six for the 32-year-old.

It all happened right after the Celtics shouted to stop Heats running after the break. Instead, Miami extended the lead to +12, it was a 21-2 run by the Heat that brought back memories of Game 2 of the 2020 Conference Finals as Miami won the third quarter 37-17.

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