Celtics-Heat: Seven Questions About Game 7

Which Jimmy Butler Will Show Up?

Rohan Nadkarni: In Games 3-5 Jimmy Butler scored a total of 27 points, missed half of Game 3 due to a knee injury, and returned only to be a shadow of himself in Games 4 and 5, both Heat losses. In Game 6, Butler put in arguably the best performance of his career, with 47 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and four steals. It might not be easier for Miami in Game 7 than to get a great Butler game instead of a mediocre one. His two 40-point efforts in this series coincided with the Heat’s two most impressive wins. The common thread in those games was elite shotmaking and reaching the free-throw line. In Games 1 and 6, Butler went to the line 29 times together. In Games 2-5, Butler attempted only 14 free throws, including none in Game 4.

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