Netease Sports reported on September 26:
On September 26, Beijing time, the Heat lost to the Celtics in an away game, leading by 3-2. Jimmy Butler scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists on 5 of 11 shots. He scored only 3 points in the second half and was very weak in the face of the Green Army counterattack.
Holding the match point, Butler is obviously unwilling to give his opponent any chance. He played very attentively and made numerous contributions on the defensive end, assisting Robinson and Adebayor to score inside, and his own mid-range shot was also very stable. He scored two goals in the second half and led the team to 17 -5 perfect start.
He scored 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists on 2 of 2 shots in the first quarter. Robinson's explosion gave the Heat a great boost.
In the second quarter, Butler caused Kanter to foul after coming on the court. After making two free throws, the Heat led by 10 points. Both teams are fighting hard on defense, and the offensive success rate is not high, but the Heat is obviously in rhythm. After continuous counterattacks, Butler still assisted Dragic to score a layup after grabbing the front board at 7 minutes and 32 seconds. , And then Adebayor also scored a counterattack.
But then the Greens recovered their hand and caught up with the score. Butler scored a layup at 3:05. Although the ball was a bit of a move + collision, the referee said it was counted and penalized. After the challenge, Butler was canceled, but got two free throw opportunities.
At 2 minutes and 36 seconds, Butler once again got rid of Hayward and scored a layup. The Heat never gave the Celtics a chance to catch up. After 1 minute and 18 seconds, Butler broke through and then assisted Robinson to score three points. The Heat still had a 7-point lead in the half. Butler had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and all 6 free throws were hit.
In the second half, the Heat scored their first offense, but then the Green Army blocked the inside with a zone defense and hit a 9-0 counterattack to tie. At this time, the Green Army has regained the rhythm and confidence, the offensive efficiency has improved a lot, and the rebounding has been more active. Butler's own breakthrough was repeatedly blocked, and he missed a three-pointer at 6 minutes and 20 seconds.
The Heat only scored 5 points in most of the quarter and were beaten 20-5. The situation has completely reversed. After the timeout, Butler assisted his teammates in two consecutive rounds to score, somehow opened the situation, 4 minutes and 12 seconds, he broke through again, but at this time the Heat was already behind by nearly 10 points.
At the end of the quarter, Tatum broke out completely after Butler's exit, and the Heat's lagging point difference became even greater, losing as many as 16 points in a single quarter. But even with this, the Heat are still only 9 points behind, not without hope.
Butler did not rest in the final quarter, and Herro finally recovered the scoring rhythm, which is good news for the Heat. Unexpectedly, Brown once again opened up the point difference with three-pointers. Butler's breakthrough of 8 minutes and 17 seconds did not make it, making it even more difficult for the Heat to chase points. When Hayward made consecutive hits, the Heat fell behind by 16 points, which means that the trend is over.
Butler did not contribute to the scoring for a long time, and missed a free throw at 5 minutes and 22 seconds. Then Dragic left the field with 6 fouls, and the Heat's situation was even more difficult. When Brown and Tatum fought back in succession, the game finally entered garbage time.