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#pounditFriday, December 9, 2022

Video: Jimmy Butler misses big 3-pointer at end of Game 7

Jimmy Butler shoots the ball

Jimmy Butler helped carry his Miami Heat to a Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals this postseason. But he was unable to drag them across the finish line.

Butler’s Heat trailed for the entire game but made it a one-possession contest in the final minute after a 3-pointer by Max Strus. Boston had a chance to extend their lead, but Marcus Smart missed a layup with under 22 seconds left to keep the score at 98-96.

Butler got the rebound and brought the ball up the court. He then decided to shoot for the lead and attempted a 3-pointer with 16.6 seconds left. He missed the shot and Boston got the rebound.

Should Butler have attempted that shot for the lead or just tried for an easier 2-point basket to tie the game? That’s what many are debating. One factor is that he had a clean look.

His coach Erik Spoelstra also thought the shot was going in.

The shot missed and Boston’s Smart made both his free throws to put his team up 100-96. That was the final score as the Celtics advanced to the NBA Finals.

Butler finished 13/24 shooting for 35 points. He made 1/4 threes in the game, missing a huge one at the end.


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