Winning the Eastern Conference Final is definitely a team effort – one should remind the Miami hit.
The 127-102 fall in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final was positively lost by the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.
Jimmy Butler easily led his team with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
The rest of the team, on the other hand, was mostly MIA.
Summary of Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Jimmy Butler: Hit Starter:
70 points 74 points
23-of-37 FG 26-of-57 FG
23-of-26 FT 8-of-14 FT pic.twitter.com/O536h0l753
– ClutchPoints (lClutchPointsApp) May 20, 2022
When comparing the other starters of the hit with Butler during the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, you will see a huge discrepancy.
Butler has 70 points and 23 of 37 shots from the field and 23 of his 26 free throws.
Meanwhile, the rest of the starters have scored 74 points together, 26 of their 57 field goals and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Butler needs help – and he needs it soon because the series is moving to Boston.
No one is worried about Butler being the best player on his team.
He was a longtime Miami leader and primary point-maker.
But he can’t carry this team on his own.
Unless the rest of the starters take it forward and start supporting Butler further, the team will face more losses like on Thursday.
Another starter in Thursday’s game was double-digit – Gabe Vincent with 14 points.
To make matters worse, only Victor Oladipo and Tyler Hero (both off the bench) were the other players to score more than 7 points.
Boston has crawled all the hits and it can’t go on if Miami hopes to reach the NBA Finals.
If they want to win hits, they have to start acting like a real team.