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Jimmy Butler's Lack of Help Criticized by Fans in Heat's Game 2 Loss to Celtics

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2022

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The Boston Celtics were balanced and efficient on offense in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. The Miami Heat, well...not so much. 

Jayson Tatum (27 points, five boards, five assists), Jaylen Brown (24 points, eight rebounds) and Marcus Smart (24 points, 12 assists, nine boards) were all excellent in the 127-102 blowout win.

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But while Jimmy Butler did his thing, scoring 29 points, he didn't get much help from his teammates. And boy did his teammates hear about it on the socials after the contest:

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

Jimmy Butler trying to carry the Heat tonight <a href="https://t.co/6lvBaVPbnf">pic.twitter.com/6lvBaVPbnf</a>

FanDuel Sportsbook @FDSportsbook

Jimmy Butler tonight, literally. <a href="https://t.co/UFDZfliHbV">pic.twitter.com/UFDZfliHbV</a>

Marlow Stern @MarlowNYC

jimmy butler to his teammates in the locker room <a href="https://t.co/Oe9kxhGgqL">pic.twitter.com/Oe9kxhGgqL</a>

ClutchPoints @ClutchPointsApp

Jimmy Butler and Gabe Vincent to their Heat teammates... <a href="https://t.co/b6CkXDfUdt">pic.twitter.com/b6CkXDfUdt</a>

DJ Bien-Aime @Djbienaime

Jimmy Butler doesn’t have any help

Bryan Toporek @btoporek

To think, we made all those retirement jokes about Jimmy Butler when Bam Adebayo was actually the one who retired early

InsideHoops.com NBA @InsideHoops

Heat players not named Jimmy Butler should consider putting the ball in the basket.

Ahmed🇸🇴/Kendrick Lamar’s Publicist @big_business_

Bam watching Jimmy Butler fighting for his life and he’s content with dropping a triple single.

Bam Adebayo attempted only six shots, finishing with six points and nine rebounds. Tyler Herro had 11 points but was 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. Victor Oladipo, who has occasionally served as a jolt of offense for these Heat in the playoffs, had 14 points, though a chunk of that came in garbage time and he shot just 2-of-8 from the field. 

So Butler's "others" didn't give him much help. 

Part of that, however, came down to the Celtics playing awesome basketball. With Smart and Horford back in the lineup after missing Game 1, Boston's defense was fantastic and the offense flowed. 

Bogdan Bogdanovic @LeaderOfHorde

Damn!!! When elite teams playing their best basketball, game can be boring really fast!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Game?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Game</a> 2 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BosvsMia?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BosvsMia</a>

Colin Cowherd @ColinCowherd

Minute the <a href="https://twitter.com/celtics?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@celtics</a> are healthy and equally rested, they’re running Miami off the floor. Getting, as predicted, far more quality shots.

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix

This looks a lot like the Celtics that spent nearly a month just clobbering people after the All-Star break. Efficient offense. Airtight defense. Tatum playing like an MVP.

Kendrick Perkins @KendrickPerkins

A healthy Celtics team is just to damn good defensively. The communication, help and rotations are on another level. We can keep talking offense all we want but “Defense win Championships” Carry the hell on…

Trae Young @TheTraeYoung

Marcus Smart makes a huge difference for them ! He Hoopin🔥

The Heat play hard on defense, are generally disciplined on offense and are an experienced and mentally tough team. Heat Culture has carried them this far. 

But it's almost impossible to win titles without multiple players who can consistently get you buckets. At least on Thursday night, the Heat had only one of those guys, and Boston punished them for it. 

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