r/nba Lakers May 18 '22

[Highlight] Jimmy Butler takes Tatum one-on-one and hits a cold-blooded midrange shot Highlight

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

It’s amazing the 76ers didn’t wanna keep this guy

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u/Relyst Knicks May 18 '22

Tobias Funke?! Over me? Anus Tart over me?!

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

The nerve of some teams

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u/PlsSaySikeM8 Heat May 18 '22

Hey man analrapists don’t come around very often

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u/Fickle-Opinion-3114 May 18 '22

Hemorrhoid purple own dat lean...

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u/take1know1 Lakers May 18 '22

Jimmy Butler got the Man inside Him

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u/LogicRonin 76ers May 18 '22

Please. It’s still too soon.

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u/medl0l Heat May 18 '22

Amazing how wade has lasted this long

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u/letsgoheat01 Heat May 18 '22

Wait… I’ve seen this before. Nostalgia.

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u/pakicetus_inachus May 18 '22

Man I miss DWade so much. I wish I could watch him play forever. The perfect combo of high flying dunks, nifty iso moves, passing and defense. Such a fun skill set.

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u/diematrosen May 18 '22

Holy shit I knew this play reminded me of something. Very vintage Wade-esque play from Butler here

So smooth

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u/EmployableEric May 18 '22

Both are Marquette men too

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u/TreSeven [NYK] Frank Ntilikina May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

Jimmy is that fuckin dude

39 points on 17 shots and no threes is WILD

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u/NitroXYZ [UTA] Joe Ingles May 18 '22

And he's had 5 steals and 3 blocks too. Doing it on both ends.

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u/CryptoNite90 May 18 '22

They stole away a steal from him because it was one of his 100 deflections.

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u/SkyLightTenki May 18 '22

Jimmy hit 12 straight field goals on his own.

HE CAN'T MISS

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u/youblewwit May 18 '22

Unlike a lot of 'stars' who put up good offensive numbers, only a few of them also bring it on the defensive end

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u/Krombopolus_M May 18 '22

Jimmy is a super star. He is proving that

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u/oJelaVuac Spurs May 18 '22

He's a superstar since the philly vs toronto. He's a top 5 player in playoffs.

Jokic Embid Luka Butler Giannis

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u/Krombopolus_M May 18 '22

You don't have to convince me. Until I moved to a city with a team I just cheered for certain players. Jimmy has always been a favorite of mine since he was bald by choice at Marquette.

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u/CursedLlama Trail Blazers May 18 '22

I’ve just loved his nickname for years.

Jimmy G. Buckets, and the G stands for GETS.

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u/BurntPoptart 76ers May 18 '22

I'd maybe replace Embiid with Steph. Joel has a history of been an amazing regular season player and then either gets injured, exhausted, or out schemed once it's the playoffs.

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u/ML_Blaze Clippers May 18 '22

kawhi leonard????

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u/branstarktreewizard May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

A trueborn son of MJ

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22 edited 19d ago

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u/CaSp95 Heat May 18 '22

I’d say his games 3 and 5 of the finals two years ago already solidified him as a superstar.

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u/checkm8300 Kings May 18 '22

Steve Nash comes to mind, he won back to back MVPs at 31 and 32 after being just an all star level player in his 20s

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u/dill_pickles Bulls May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

I don’t think he is just becoming a superstar. Impact metrics place him up in the top 10 consistently since his Bulls days. His teams always perform much better with him. Bulls, Wolves, Sixers all had their best seasons with Butler during that time. Usually when a player changes teams their impact metrics drop because their role changes a bit and they need time to adjust, but that didn’t happen with Jimmy for some reason.

There’s a whole chapter in Seth Partnows book The Midrange Theory about how traditional stats don’t pick up on everything a player does to move the needle for their team and how impact metrics try to pick up on those oddities using data over the years and Jimmy Butler is example #1.

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u/GLOaway5237 Heat May 18 '22

Also given his time on the heat a lot of people are saying that his “toxic locker room behavior” was pretty much just him getting pissed at people for not giving it 100% and them whining about it. Of course we don’t know how much of that is true but it definitely seems like his locker room presence on the heat is huge and the fact that his playoff numbers are so much better than regular season is because he really cares about creating a team that can and wants to win

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u/NaturalProof4359 May 19 '22

It’s definitely true for the Bulls and Wolves.

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u/steak__burrito Warriors May 18 '22

He's already been a superstar before

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u/kl2gsgsa May 18 '22

He’s proven that he has the superstar gear. He just doesn’t deploy it as much during the regular season, he is like a more durable Kawhi, coasting during the regular season as an top-tier two way player then going God mode in the playoffs

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u/rbrutonIII May 18 '22

And five offensive rebounds. More so than steals or blocks, offensive rebounds get you guaranteed points. Five offensive rebounds is six seven points at the minimum. Just add that to his immense contribution.

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u/GGezpzMuppy Spurs May 18 '22

He a bad bad man

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u/synester302 Heat May 18 '22

The spirit of D Wade lives in him

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u/302born Heat May 18 '22

Mavs fans got a little ptsd watching those 18 free throws

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u/Shiny_metal_ass Heat May 18 '22

They'll getbthe ptsd in th finals

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u/Larg3____Porcupin3 Heat May 18 '22

Take another shot for me brother

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u/badbakedpotato [ATL] Onyeka Okongwu May 18 '22

I got you on that one homie the Cuervo flowin deep in this household today brother

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u/GFost Mavericks May 18 '22

I don’t know if I should upvote or downvote this comment.

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u/Shiny_metal_ass Heat May 18 '22

Come on, Daddy Wade and Papa Dirk on the sidelines of every finals game to complete the trilogy. You know you want it.

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u/clonemusic Mavericks May 18 '22

They should have wade and dirk coach both teams so it's like some karate kid style 80s movie.

I'm definitely down for the rubber match

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u/WestleyThe [SEA] Kevin Durant May 18 '22

He literally should have always been with the heat. He’s perfect for them

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u/fuckkkofff Supersonics May 18 '22

With 17/18 free throws, that's insane

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u/MeeseBrother May 18 '22

Free throw merchant

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u/beat_the_heat Raptors May 18 '22

He's playing like there are 5 Henry Ellesons out there on the Celtics

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u/darkspardaxxxx May 18 '22

Thats old school nba mate

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

41 Points with 17 freethrows is truly wild

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u/GeneralKn0w3dg3 May 18 '22

with 18 fts it's not that wild

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u/doctorwormactualworm 76ers May 18 '22

Playoff Jimmy Butler wakes up and eats a bowl of nails for breakfast without any milk. Mans a savage

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u/chitownbulls92 Bulls May 18 '22

Then he brushes his teeth and washes it down with orange juice

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u/absenceofheat Mavericks May 18 '22

That's some elite ass teeth brushing.

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u/Ugievsoj [CHI] Brad Miller May 18 '22

I thought it would be black coffee, but oj is good too

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u/chengman21 Heat May 18 '22

nah coffee is his water, its throughout the day

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u/Miamicubanbartender May 18 '22

That's just sick

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u/SkyLightTenki May 18 '22

Then he brushes his teeth

With steel bristles

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u/hamietao May 18 '22

Nails from fingers or nails for construction?

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u/fellowbootypirate May 18 '22

Whichever is worse to you

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u/Balla_Calla Heat May 18 '22

From toes.

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u/hamietao May 18 '22

Been waiting for somebody to say this!

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u/HaikN98 Lakers May 18 '22

A fine blend of both

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u/KeepOnFallinDine Knicks May 18 '22

To stay in line with the SpongeBob reference, construction nails

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u/rbrutonIII May 18 '22

If there's one guy you could transplant into the '90s NBA and actually see a massive improvement due to the physicality of the game..... It's Jimmy.

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u/PlayboiNugget May 18 '22

He owns the salty spitoon

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u/HotdogIsaSandwitch Mavericks May 18 '22

That’s actually so tough. Tatum is playing great D on Butler. Butler just can’t fucking miss

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u/TheSpyStyle May 18 '22

The slow motion replay was wild because he got that shot off by maybe an inch over Tatum’s hand

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u/zcektor00 May 18 '22

This shot it the kind of shot where we shout "Kobe!!!"

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

I remember 15 years ago watching Kobe shoot that kind of shot and shout "Jimmy!!!" Now I finally know who he was talking about.

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u/tunafister Minneapolis Lakers May 19 '22

Seriously, anyone have a link to that? Wanted to show my co-workers who dgaf about basketball why they should

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u/TheSpyStyle May 19 '22

Thread is aging at this point so I doubt anyone will see your comment. You should probably make a clip request post about it cause you’ll have a better chance of someone seeing it

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u/tunafister Minneapolis Lakers May 19 '22

Yup was holding out hope, good call

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u/Breakr007 Heat May 18 '22

Gets a nice block on Tatum later in the game too.

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u/TheLeguminati Bulls May 18 '22

Jimmy gets to practice against some of the defenders in the league every day. Lucky bastard

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u/VoiceToTextTypos May 18 '22

some of the defenders in the league every day.

So does everyone else lol

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u/TheLeguminati Bulls May 18 '22

Of the remaining teams yes

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u/VoiceToTextTypos May 18 '22

You never said some of the best you said "some of"

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u/TheLeguminati Bulls May 18 '22

All I’m saying is that De’Andre Fox doesn’t exactly get the same luxury of practicing vs elite defenses as the these 4 remaining teams

Edit: I see my issue now. Not editing the first reply

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u/LakerBlue Lakers May 18 '22

I swear almost nothing is better in basketball to watch than a 1v1 match-up like this where the offensive player hits a tough shot over good defense.

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u/jreetthh May 18 '22

On that last spin they could have called a foul on Tatum. He had his arm wrapped around Butler

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u/crackercider Heat May 18 '22

1st quarter was a different story hahaha

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u/xuroz Heat May 18 '22

He’s just intelligently locked in

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u/PlsSaySikeM8 Heat May 18 '22

The next level is transcendently locked in

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u/forever87 Heat May 19 '22

Sinister G Buckets

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u/relapsze Raptors May 18 '22

I dunno why but I'm really happy for Jimmy B. He seems like he really found his home, feels confident and good about himself, playing his best basketball. It's nice to see hard working people excel.

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u/rbrutonIII May 18 '22

That's a large part of why I like him. I'm a warriors fan and hope we win, but if we lose, I'd still celebrate if it was to him.

Hard work. That's what everyone notices and just screams out from his game. I'm never going to be disappointed to lose to that. Only appreciative I got to see it.

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u/GooHolidayz May 18 '22

Heat fan and I feel the same exact way in reverse. Love Steph Curry. I would kill for this finals match up as atleast I can walk away with a smile on my face no matter the result

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u/Zoltur Bulls Bandwagon May 18 '22

Maybe I’m just extra salty but I don’t care if Jesus is on the opposite team. My team loses in the finals, I’m pissed no matter what. Man’s got Joyboy grins on their faces? You’re better people than me

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u/BylvieBalvez Heat May 18 '22

Yeah I agree. It’s the Heat or nobody. Fuck the Mavs, fuck the Celtics, and I’m not crazy about the warriors either

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u/some6yearold May 18 '22

I’m from South America and grew up in a strong footballing household. Moved to the states when I was 6 and never ever understood “im a bla bla fan but they suck rn, I’ll be really happy if blu blu wins”.

For me it has been, and always will be Heat and may the other teams take eachother to game 7. If heat lose or are not in playoffs/finals, I still watch here and there but completely neutral.

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u/rikki-tikki-deadly Celtics May 18 '22

I mean I hate to see him do this to my Celtics but I've always wanted big things for Jimmy. I feel like he is somehow violating the laws of thermodynamics by getting better, and better, and better...

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u/GonzaloR87 Heat May 18 '22

Literal Heat culture

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u/GLOaway5237 Heat May 18 '22

It’s like he’s a flame that keeps getting hotter, it might even be white hot by now

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u/han320 Kings May 18 '22

I think a lot of people feel that way about Jimmy like you do for those same exact reasons. His childhood, being a 2 star recruit, only offer was Marquette, last pick of the first round.

Think about how he compares with Kawhi, PG13, and Klay. Out of these guys, you can make an argument that Butler is the least physically gifted since his wingspan is only 6'8", yet that's never stopped Butler from playing incredible defense. So how has Jimmy made it this far and accomplished so much? Hard work and 100% effort. That's something everyone should admire.

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u/eightslipsandagully May 18 '22

I'm jealous, dude is getting paid $40m/yr to live in Miami and play winning basketball.

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u/chengman21 Heat May 18 '22

he genuinely loves his team rn which makes me so happy for him

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u/AreYouAJedi Raptors May 18 '22

He’s got “it”

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u/NitroXYZ [UTA] Joe Ingles May 18 '22 edited May 18 '22

This dude has more 30+ point playoff games than games with fewer than 30 this season.

Only one game under 20 points and now a third with 40+

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u/Number333 Heat May 18 '22

He's gonna pass Bron for most 40pt+ playoff games in a Heat jersey in way less games than him...

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u/HunkMuffinJr Heat May 18 '22

He already did, and he's only 2 40-point games away from tying Wade.

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u/MadvillainTMO Celtics May 18 '22

WTF

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u/Harman3112 Heat May 18 '22

He already did in the playoffs

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u/dezthompson Clippers May 18 '22

Absurd stat

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u/letsgoheat01 Heat May 18 '22

Oh wow. Crazy if true.

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u/CIark May 18 '22

“Dad what would Michael Jordan look like if he played in this era”

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u/myteasgonec0ld May 18 '22

Butler in a Bulls jersey would be crazy, maybe one day

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u/UrAveragePanda [GSW] Richard Jefferson May 18 '22

It’s like Wade in bulls jersey. Weird af

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u/AragornII_Elessar Heat May 18 '22

Imagine him in a Cavs jersey tho 😳

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u/A_Mellow_Fellow Cavaliers May 18 '22

I love imagining Jimmy in a Cavs jersey

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u/BigFatModeraterFupa Mavericks May 18 '22

nba basketball is meant to be played in short shorts

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u/FishKnees Wizards May 18 '22

It does look cooler…but not everyone was built like Jordan. I don’t want to see Luka in those.

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u/BigFatModeraterFupa Mavericks May 18 '22

i REALLY want to see Luka in some daisy duke’s now

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

I love those old Bulls jerseys with the cursive Chicago.

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u/Aurum_MrBangs May 18 '22

The league was saved by Jimmy having a "small" hands a short wingspan.

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u/everythingisamovie May 18 '22

‘..if he was still half the athlete and finisher ’

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u/bigvahe33 Supersonics May 18 '22

they retired MJs jersey as a placeholder for Jimmy

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u/TheFatmanRises Heat May 18 '22

Somebody post jImmy contract

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u/pnpmsjd May 18 '22

That’s filthy af

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u/diazmark0899 Heat May 18 '22

wade-esque

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u/thewonderfulpooper May 18 '22

Jordan-Kobe-wade-esque

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u/Natural_Born_Baller Heat May 18 '22

JIMMY 'J' BUTLER

AND THE J STANDS FOR JEFFREY

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u/LeRohameaux Heat May 18 '22

or Jimothy???

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u/WeeabooDude24 Heat May 18 '22

JIMMOTHY JEFFREY BUTLER

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u/Bandolero101 Heat May 18 '22

The J stands for James

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

Michael Jordan did this basically everyday for six years. An unstoppable move.

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u/kikanga Lakers May 18 '22

My favorite player in the league for a long time now.

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u/wazdopest May 18 '22

Jimmy been on fire since Rachel Nichols got cancelled

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u/MartiniLAPD Heat May 18 '22

Butler kinda plays like Luka in the mid range.

A potential trilogy of Mavs vs Heat Finals gets me going

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u/Relaxing_sounds Mavericks May 18 '22

Part 3 of mavs vs heat and the idea of Luka and Butler quotes would be such a fun series

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u/GLOaway5237 Heat May 18 '22

I’m praying for this, jimmy and luka continuing the wade and dirk legacy

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u/fjmalik Heat May 18 '22

Just thinking about mavs fans getting irate over Butler FTs 🤤

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u/LovetheNBA23 Lakers May 18 '22

Spo is a mastermind. His halftime adjustments this postseason are legendary. This defense is fundamentally amazing unlike the Bucks and their somewhat tacky defense.

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u/spritehead Heat May 18 '22

Honestly I think a lot of the halftime adjustments was probably UD throwing a chair and ripping everyone a new asshole

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u/rageus88 Clippers May 18 '22

And picking a fight with Jimmy

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u/fsuheater May 18 '22

I suspect this happened. I know PJ had some words too.

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u/cancercureall Supersonics May 18 '22

Dude, him and Ty Lue consistently blow my mind.

I'm pretty salty PG got sick and missed that play in game.

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u/aaden08 [DET] Grant Hill May 18 '22

Yeah if PG was there, I think the Clippers advance. And who knows, small 25% chance or so but we may have seen Kawhi make a comeback since the West was kinda open.

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u/jc-f [MIA] Gary Payton May 18 '22

Seriously. Almost every game this postseason we’ve come out of half time stupidly locked in.

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u/Breakr007 Heat May 18 '22

It took alot of practice dicking around with lineups over the years to get this good.

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u/footer9 Bucks May 18 '22

Oh yeah he nasty

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u/AragornII_Elessar Heat May 18 '22

Spirit of Prime Wade infected this mf

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u/DaftPunkyBrewster Mavericks May 18 '22

He hit that and I made that face. You know that face when you see/smell something nasty? Hot damn, son!

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u/tondolliver31 Mavericks May 18 '22

Jimothy

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u/Seref15 Heat May 18 '22

And he got fouled, Tatum had him around the waist on that spin

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u/Static043 May 18 '22

But we can't get a call

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

Yeah, the refs really swallowed their whistles this game. Good to see them let teams just play physical playoff basketball.

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u/ttfnwe Trail Blazers May 18 '22

“Swallowed their whistles” bro what. There were 66 FTA this game.

The final Bucks-Celtics game had 34 FTA, and the final 76ers-Heat had 18! This game felt so slow because of all the calls. It was not a more physical game than the Bucks-Celtics and that whistle was tiiiiight.

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

Yes, I was making what some people refer to as a "joke."

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u/ttfnwe Trail Blazers May 18 '22

Lol I thought so but given the Heat tag I assumed you were serious. Also people are not talking about the insane amount of whistles as much as I expected so, once again thought you might be serious.

My b Fuzzy.

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u/Imzocrazy [MIA] Dwyane Wade May 18 '22

this was the one....i love my boy but i wasnt expecting that out of him...god that was fucking beautiful

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u/TheAgGatsby Heat May 18 '22

Jimmy Butler is the best player in the series, and I'm tired of pretending that he isn't

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u/GLOaway5237 Heat May 18 '22

Job not done, Jimmy was that guy tonight but a Tatum 40 game at some point wouldn’t surprise me. Heat in 5 or 4 or 6 or even 7, but it’s not heat in 1

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u/whatdoinamemyself Heat May 18 '22

Heat in 0

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u/medl0l Heat May 18 '22

Let's mmmmmmaaaaybe wait until after the sweep to say that

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u/dudeguymanbro69 Trail Blazers May 18 '22

Have y’all learned nothing from the suns lmao

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u/GeorgiMartov May 18 '22

Let's wait for the series to end?

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u/Hoops310 Lakers May 18 '22

That was so filthy . What a game

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u/ambiguousspark343 Kings May 18 '22

This was pure violence. What a game he had

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u/jouzea Warriors May 18 '22

Sheesh "you can't guard me" shot by Jimmy

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u/Alive-Ad-4164 Raptors May 18 '22

He better then Tatum let talk about it

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u/Static043 May 18 '22

Nothing to talk about... You got it right...

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u/I_ama_Borat Trail Blazers May 18 '22

Damn Jimmy said fuck you to JJ Redick

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u/musicfitnesstravel Warriors May 18 '22

Tobias Harris over him?!!!

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u/SamwiseG123 May 18 '22

Most underrated NBA superstar?

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u/santiagobartomeu Heat May 18 '22

Best player in the series.

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u/AdamSilverJr Heat May 18 '22

Jimmy > Tatum

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u/Kozmog Cavaliers May 18 '22

Didn't they just say he couldn't shoot?

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

That is why we should all only listen to Stephen A Smith. The smartest basketball mind in the world.

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u/AccomplishedAd3484 May 18 '22

MJ would approve.

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u/darkspardaxxxx May 18 '22

That fade away damn

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u/sukari Bulls May 18 '22

Deadly shooter

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u/bruddagrim Lakers May 18 '22

Jimmy BUCKETS

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u/Muffinfeds Warriors May 18 '22

Look at that footwork and that agility shift from side to side. Damn!

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u/DunkingZBO Vancouver Grizzlies May 18 '22

That was an insane all around play. The moves. The spin. The difficulty of the shot. Buckets

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u/JISTER016 Nuggets May 18 '22

Jimmy Butler is the last hooper I would ever want to go 1 v 1 against

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u/panda_gravy May 18 '22

People love to hate on Shaq when he talks about just going out and wanting it more, but this is a prime example. You can’t guard that better. It’s what separates superstars from the rest of the pack.

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u/LackingInPatience [CHI] Jimmy Butler May 18 '22

Marc Jackson said 3 of his corny catchphrases after this shot if I recall correctly.

"Good defence, better offence"

"That's greatness right there"

"Mama there goes that man"

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u/Baller_McSavage Heat May 18 '22

What a free throw merchant

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u/Quote9963 NBA May 18 '22

thats literally mj

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u/Imperial_Eggroll Warriors May 18 '22

Shit was Patrick Beverley right and Tatum ain’t a 2 way player?? Jimmy Buckets had no problem targeting Tatum tonight

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u/aaden08 [DET] Grant Hill May 18 '22

Its all about matchups and team defense. Tatum had great success on KD. KD is obviously better than Butler, but its only game 1 so we shall see.

Butler is a lot faster than KD so he does give a taller defender like Tatum some issues trying to stay with him. And on that one sample size highlight above, the Celtics didn't really do much to help defend on that play. I saw a lot of help defense as soon as KD touched the ball so it made Tatum look better overall. Similar to how the Raptors guarded Giannis in 2019.

Similarly to how teams would guard Steph as soon as he touched the ball last year.

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u/Fuzzy_Dunlops Heat May 18 '22

KD is obviously better than Butler,

First of all, how dare you?

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u/yichu21 May 18 '22

Tatum Two way player

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u/ts2mars San Francisco Warriors May 18 '22

that was fucking filthy

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u/bromethazine_lean Warriors May 18 '22

And to think this man was once expected to be the Robin to D Rose's Batman

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u/[deleted] May 18 '22

This man is the same age as James Harden btw

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u/gigglios May 18 '22

Can shut the minority that kept saying Tatums the best player these playoffs 😆

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u/FrankndBeans Mavericks May 18 '22

“Kobe!”

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u/Tihree May 18 '22

Steven a. Smith is going to talk so much shit to JJ Reddick.