“We need to do even better at breaking the rhythm he’s in”
Jaylen Brown and Boston Celtics already have front row tickets to another exciting playoff from Jimmy Butler inside Miami HeatGame 1 won against Boston. Brown is Butler’s main defender and has had all sorts of troubles with “Playoff Jimmy”.
After a relatively quiet first half, the Miami forward burst onto the scene with 17 points in the third quarter, which practically cost the Celtics the game. Butler’s strike was an important part of the 22-2 run that gave the Heat a lead they would never give up.
After the game, Jaylen Brown missed missed opportunities and realized the need to keep Jimmy Butler from going into his trench (via Keith Smith):
“He is very comfortable right now. We need to do even better at breaking the rhythm he’s in. ”
When he failed to take shots (12-19), Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics were unable to keep Jimmy Butler off the free-throw line. The six-time All-Star has been on a steady diet of free throws, taking 17 of 18 from the 4.5-meter line. His free throws played a key role in keeping Boston from running away in the first half and holding them back in the second.
Jimmy Butler’s frequent trips to the free-throw line gave him that kind of elusive rhythm in a defensive play. The 32-year-old striker is a bruised operator who enjoys exposure. If Jaylen Brown and the Celtics can pull this off, they can restrain him much better for the rest of the series.
Jaylen Brown himself had 10 shots from the penalty spot but only managed 6 of them. If he can’t get as much effort as Butler, the Boston Celtics forward could reduce the free-throw disparity by improving his efficiency.
Jaylen Brown and the Boston Celtics were undone by too much sales
Part of getting Jimmy Butler up to speed was the Boston Celtics’ erratic form, especially in the third quarter. As the Miami Heat began to focus on the beginning of the second half, Boston tried to cause problems and hit the ball carelessly.
Boston’s mistake only pushed the steady momentum on the Miami Heat side to the point that it seemed like they couldn’t miss any shots.
Jayson Tatum seemed to lose faith in his teammates when the Heat began to pile up pressure. He has had seven of the Celtics’ 16 goal transfers while no one else has had more than two. As Boston’s best player and the fulcrum of offense, those mistakes are killers.
Here’s what “JT” has to say about his error-prone ways (via Keith Smith):
“I had too much revenue. I have to play better. ”
Not having Marcus Smart in the lineup is part of the reason for the reversals, but they shouldn’t be as careless, especially as Miami runs away. The Boston Celtics know what to do to pull it back, they just need to do it for a chance to win game 2.