When playing in two consecutive games, the margin of loss is -20 or less, neither Miami nor Butler were silent
Miami’s ace was silent again.
The Miami Heat lost to the Boston Celtics 97-110 in Game 5 of the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals held at TD Garden on the 26th (Korean time). 3 wins in a row, 2 losses in a row. There is only one win left to advance to the finals, but it has become a chasing situation.
Jimmy Butler (201cm, F) left a good record with 29 points, 9 rebounds (attack 4) and 5 assists in the 4th game. But his presence was not. The margin of gain when playing is -20. Due to his uncharacteristic presence in Butler, Miami lost for the first time in the series.
Butler had to change the tone before Game 5. But in the beginning it wasn’t like that. This is because Miami’s defense struggled with Boston’s fast pass and corner 3-point shot.
Miami was down 5-15 with 5 minutes and 1 second to go. Call for first timeout of the game. Both Miami and Butler had to change their mood after the timeout.
Butler digs into the mid-range or near the rim. Even if he didn’t score right away, he got a foul free throw. A successful shot from the free throw line. Somehow formed a chase flow.
He also threw the ball outside the 3-point line. However, he was blocked by Robert Williams III (206cm, F/C). The bad news did not end there. Miami allowed 3 points in the last defense in the first quarter. Miami, which overlapped Butler’s sluggish performance and allowed 3 points, finished the first quarter with a score of 20-35.
Butler did not play early in the second quarter. Miami had to endure the beginning of the second quarter without Butler. The rotation and grooming in the area defense worked to some extent, and Miami calmed Boston’s rising mood.
Butler is back on the court. However, there was no direct effect from Butler. Other players except Butler took advantage of the defense focused on Butler, and Miami closed the gap with Boston to 36-47 five minutes before the end of the second quarter.
Butler wasn’t alone. A highlight film was made 2 minutes and 59 seconds before the end of the second quarter. Butler, who grabbed the loose ball, ran alone and shook Derrick White’s (193cm, G) block shot attempt with a dunk. Leading to a foul free throw. It raised the atmosphere of Miami more.
However, Miami lost its strength to Boston’s firepower. 41-61, pushed to 20 points. Butler earned a foul free throw in a one-on-one offense, but the gap between Miami and Boston seldom closed.
Butler created an offensive option near the rim. After he attached himself to the defender by breaking through, he helped Heywood Highsmith (196cm, G) 3 points in the right corner. Although Miami was pushed 51-67, it was able to face Boston in a better atmosphere than before.
Butler induced White, who was smaller than himself, into his defender. But such cases were rare. Butler’s points were limited, and Miami was behind Boston by around 20 points. The third quarter ended 72-90.
Butler stepped off the court 2 minutes and 13 seconds into the fourth quarter. The gap between Miami and Boston was so great that Miami seemed to be preparing for the next game. Butler finished Game 5 with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 33:35 of the game.토토사이트
In the 5th game, the margin of gain was -24. Following the 4th game (-20), the margin of participation in 2 consecutive games is -20 or less. That was a bad sign for Miami and Butler. Of course, there are encouraging things. The downside is that both Miami and Butler need one win to advance to the Finals.