James Harden had just returned a new big award-winning shot to give his team a three-possession lead (109-101), three minutes from the end. Barely a minute later, Jimmy Butler had a good opportunity to answer him. He benefited from a screen from Bam Adebayo to free himself, without Joel Embiid coming to raise an arm.
The Heat winger got high but sent a shot that was way too short. The choice of the pivot of the 76ers, who several times “invited” the star opposite to shoot, can be understood. If, in this Game 4 against Miami, Jimmy Butler signed a great game overall (40 points at 13/20 on shots), he only compiled a 2/6 from 3-pointers.
A symptomatic individual failure of a Floridian formation in failure of success during its passage in Pennsylvania. Tonight, the Heat finished with a mediocre 7/35 from behind the arc. In the previous match, where Miami was content with 79 points scored, Erik Spoelstra’s men had already signed a 7/30 from afar…
” I don’t think we took 82 bad shots.”judge Jimmy Butler, in reference to the 38/82 general of his team. “For each shot taken, we said to ourselves that he was going to return. We will take the same shots in the next game and they will go home. Because we’ve been playing like this all year. Missing shots doesn’t scare us. »
Better shots obtained
In the regular season, however, Miami was the most skilful team in the entire league at 3-pointers with just under 38% success. In that conference semifinal, that percentage dropped to just 28.5%.
The positive in this Game 4 was however the quality of the shots obtained. ” In Game 3, we didn’t generate enough good shots.”believes Erik Spoelstra. “I thought that tonight we got some really good shots. We just missed them. It’s part of the game. Sometimes you miss shots but you always have the opportunity to stay in it and get a nasty win. »
Despite these concerns of address, Jimmy Butler wants to remind that the attack should not condition the defense. “ When we take our shots, we tend to want to defend. It can work in preseason, in the regular season, certainly not in the playoffs. We have to become a team focused on defense again. Our offense comes second. »
And when Jimmy Butler is reminded that the Heat don’t have to win Philadelphia to win the series, with both teams having won both of their home games and Miami still having home-court advantage, the star ensures that there is no calculation to be made. ” No. No, no, no… I try to win every game. At home, away. I want to win the next two matches. »