Jimmy Butler Joins LeBron James and Jerry West in All-Time NBA Finals Record

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Jimmy Butler left it all out on the floor after tonight’s Game 3 victory. Butler single-handedly carried the Heat to the W and reignited hopes of a comeback.

In Game 3, Jimmy played all but three minutes of the game and finished with a historic stat line. He scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds. and dished out 13 assists while knocking shots off with 70% accuracy. Moreover, the five-time All-Star was a constant presence on the defensive end of the floor as well.

Butler racked up two blocks and two steals to cap off his fabulous triple-double night. Jimmy became only the third player in NBA Finals history to register a 40-point triple-double.

Jimmy Buckets joined the company of NBA legends Jerry West and LeBron James to accomplish this feat. He was rewarded well for his efforts as the Heat now have a chance to tie the series with two games apiece.

Butler’s performance was a slap in the face for his critics, who have doubted him all year. Most people never even expected the Heat to advance to the finals, let alone win a game. But can Butler keep up with his terrific form in the upcoming games?

Jimmy Butler: The messiah for the Miami Heat

Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat team celebrating after defeating Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of 2020 NBA Finals
Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) reacts after a play against the Los Angeles Lakers as he high fives guard Tyler Herro (14) during the fourth quarter of game three of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. The Miami Heat won 115-104. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Before announcing his arrival in Miami, Jimmy was a member of the 76ers. However, Philly decided to let go of Butler and signed Tobias Harris to a max deal. It is quite evident that Miami made the right call as they are fighting the Lakers for the NBA title, while Philly were swept in the opening round of the postseason.

While Jimmy’s valiant effort did cut the Lakers lead to 1 game, this will all be in vain if the Heat do not capitalize on this opportunity. They should show the same effort and energy in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Moreover, if All-Star center Bam Adebayo returns to action in Game 4, it will be the cherry on the cake for the Heat. Whatever the case, one thing is certain: the Heat won’t go down easy.

What do you think? Can Jimmy Butler and the Heat make a comeback in the series or not?

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