Miami Heat’s veteran forward, Jimmy Butler, has been a driving force behind the team’s recent success in the playoffs. The Heat’s ability to remain composed under pressure, no matter how turbulent the situation becomes, has been central to their performance. In Miami’s current playoff run, they have played an incredible 62 games in which the lead was within five points in the last five minutes or overtime, making this their most antacid season yet. Butler is known for his gritty, edgy calmness and his signature trait of making others feel uncomfortable.
In Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Butler executed a three-point play after facing a nine-point deficit, drawing a foul from Celtics forward, Grant Williams, and swapping trash talk with him. The Heat went on to outscore the Celtics 24-9, resulting in a 111-105 victory. The Heat’s 38 clutch-time wins this season and their total of 55 wins (including the postseason) embody their style of play, winning by narrow margins or coming back from behind. And, they are able to apply maximum pressure on opponents while doing so.
On the other hand, the Boston Celtics have twice blown 10-point leads in the fourth quarter in these playoffs, tied for the most in the last 25 years. The contrast in the comfort levels of the two teams during clutch situations is evident, with Butler at the cornerstone of Miami’s composure. The Heat’s ability to remain calm in high-pressure environments has paid off in unique ways with five postseason road wins, including the Game 2 win against the Celtics.