Butler’s season is over.
The Miami Heat lost 89-94 to the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the 2023 NBA Finals held at the Denver Ball Arena on the 13th (Korean time).
The Miami players, driven to the brink, had a strong will to win. They held the lead until the end of the third quarter despite the sluggishness of ace Jimmy Butler.
In the 4th quarter, when a crack broke out in the team after going well, Butler, the silent flame man, woke up. Butler announced a comeback by making three-pointers one after another. Then, Butler, who got excited by getting a free throw in the process of attempting a 3-point shot, performed a one-man show and even made a comeback.
But one point was not enough. Denver’s calm counterattack unfolded, and Butler bowed his head by committing a turnover in a decisive possession. Miami, which was pushed back in the clutch fight, unfortunately ended the season in Game 5.
Despite another loss in the Finals, Miami had a well-deserved playoff run. As the 8th seed, they barely made it to the playoffs. From the first round, they upset Milwaukee, the first seed, and then defeated New York and Boston in turn to join the final stage. At the start of the playoffs, very few expected Miami to make it to the Finals.
The player at the center was Butler. Butler, who showed off his strength by scoring 98 points in two games against Milwaukee, continued to perform well in the subsequent series, exuding the scent of a super ace. As Butler gained strength, the Miami team members also increased their pace.
However, Butler, who poured out a lot through the conference finals, decreased his power in the finals. Butler, who had already suffered multiple ankle injuries. In addition to physical pressure, his shoulders suddenly became heavy. The movement is definitely different from the previous series.
However, Butler did not attribute his sluggish performance to the aftermath of the injury in an interview after the finals. Butler, who has maintained a similar stance before, explained that his ankle condition did not affect his game at all.
Asked how much pain in his ankle he felt after round two and how much it affected his game, Butler said, “It didn’t affect me at all. It’s 0%. My ankle is fine. It’s just that we didn’t win, there’s no excuse.” . The opponent beat us,” he replied. 토토사이트
He also talked about his regret for not winning the championship and his gratitude to his teammates, saying, “It would have been nice if I had achieved (winning) for my teammates. They are definitely players who deserve it. I feel grateful for this team.” .
Butler, who played the playoffs more fiercely than anyone else. Having witnessed his strong performance throughout the playoffs, I look forward to the next season for Butler.