“We’re going to be more aggressive in Game 2.”
The Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler (34-USA) has delivered on his promise to be more aggressive and turn the 2022-2023 NBA Championship series around.
“Offense forward,” Butler said in a press conference before Game 2 of the championship series against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday (ET). He made it clear that he wanted to shake off a somewhat passive Game 1 and come out firing on all cylinders in Game 2, and he delivered on that promise in Game 2, helping Miami to a 111-108 victory 안전놀이터.
Butler finished with 21 points, nine assists, and four rebounds in Game 2 of the 2022-2023 NBA Championship on Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. As promised, he was more aggressive than in Game 1. His field goal attempts (19 in Game 2, 7 in Game 1) and three-point attempts (5 in Game 2, 2 in Game 1) were noticeably higher. He was on the court for 40 minutes and 21 seconds in Game 2, more than the 38 minutes and 1 second he played in Game 1. He marked 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in Game 1, which Miami lost 93-104.
Along with Butler’s offensive command, his Miami teammates came alive. The Butler-Gabe Vincent (23 points)-Bam Adebayo (21 points, 9 rebounds) trio added power, while Max Strasburg (14 points, 6 assists) and Duncan Robinson (10 points) also scored in double figures.
Denver came away with a bitter taste of defeat despite a 41-point, 11-rebound explosion from Nikola Jokic. Jokic had plenty of points and rebounds, but only four assists. In Game 1, he had a triple-double of 27 points, 14 assists, and 10 rebounds to lead Denver to victory.
Game 3 of the championship series between Miami and Denver will be played on Feb. 8 at Miami’s home court, the Casey Center.