NBA Playoffs: Jimmy Butler’s cockfight vs. 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 from this game.

That was a statement Jimmy Butler made in the second half of Game 1 against the Boston Celtics. The forward 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 named the best player in the series beforehand.

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

In Game 1 it wasn’t Butler who fell down in this cockfight, but Tatum, even if he started furiously with 21 points in the first half. After the break, however, Tatum had little to smile about. The Celtics star only recorded one field goal, made 6 ball losses and was fooled twice in a short space of time by Butler in the third quarter. Butler smelled Tatum’s pass, both times it was basically a pick six for the 32-year-old.

It all happened right after the Celtics called out to stop the Heat’s run 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 when Miami won the third quarter 37-17.

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