Beijing time on October 7th, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat stubbornly resisted for four quarters and finally lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 96-102. Jimmy Butler played 43 minutes in this game, scoring 22 points on 8 of 17 shots, plus 10 rebounds and 9 assists in a quasi triple-double. Butler nearly finished a triple-double again under strict guards, and his performance once again brought hope to the Heat.
In the last game, Butler got a 40+ triple-double, and shot up to 70%, becoming the first player in history to achieve this data in the finals. It was with Butler's strong performance that the Heat, in the absence of major generals, struggled to win the next victory and avoided their fate of being swept away. And this game ushered in Adebayor's return to the Heat, hoping to rely on Butler again to tie the total score for them.
Compared to the previous game, the Lakers offered Anthony Davis to defend Butler, who suffered a complete loss in height and size, and could not have much advantage in speed. So Butler has been looking for cover from his teammates from the beginning, trying to use dislocation to beat other defensive players. In the face of Pope, Kuzma and Danny Green, Butler seized the opportunity continuously and succeeded.
The game entered the third quarter. When the two teams alternated their lead, Butler intercepted James in the frontcourt and prepared for a quick layup. After a physical confrontation with James in the air, the opponent fouled. From this ball, you can see Butler's courage, and it also reflects the temperament of being a Heat leader.
Then after the Heat made a pass error, Green received a pass from James and made a fast break. Butler caught up from the three-point line. Although it failed to affect the offensive players in the end, from the defensive attitude of the ball, Butler has the belief that it will definitely win.
In the last quarter, James played hard at the basket one after another. Butler made a big threat to his opponent when he was defending and paid consecutive fouls. Not only must he work hard on the defensive end, but on the offensive end, Butler has more than one enemy, using multiple breakthroughs to attract defense and create good scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Today Butler contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in a quasi-triple-double, and almost got a triple-double in two consecutive finals. Despite the Heat's regretful defeat, Butler's performance is still worthy of everyone's respect.