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Butler shrugs off underdog tag as Miami braces for LA

Orlando---Jimmy Butler says the Miami Heat don’t see themselves as NBA Finals underdogs despite starting the season as rank outsiders for the title......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardSep 30th, 2020

Rookie Ladder: With Zion out, surprises take top spots

By Drew Packham, NBA.com With one injury, everything changed. When news came down that No. 1 pick Zion Williamson would miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus in his right knee, the Kia Rookie of the Year race was officially up for grabs. Williamson, the No. 1 pick who was dominating the preseason and was a clear favorite to win Kia ROY, will miss anywhere from 20-30 games based off the initial timetable. The Pelicans are being cautious with their prized big man, meaning the door is wide open for other rookies to take advantage. So that begs the question: Can Williamson miss 25-30% of the season and still return to claim the top prize? If what we’ve seen so far from the rest of this rookie class is any indication, Zion will have his work cut out for him when he gets back on the court. Here’s how the race looks after the first week. * * * 1. Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat The biggest surprise of the first week has been Kendrick Melvin Nunn, who spent last season in the G League after going undrafted in 2018. The Heat clearly saw something in Nunn, signing the guard to a deal in April, although he wouldn’t see action until Opening Night this season. Nunn burst onto the scene, scoring 24 (one shy of the Heat rookie debut record) in Miami’s 120-101 win over the Grizzlies and hasn’t slowed down since, despite Jimmy Butler’s return to the lineup. "I've never seen him look like he's under stress or pressure," Spoelstra said of Nunn, who leads all rookies in scoring (21.0 ppg) while shooting 48.6% from the floor. "He's an experienced older young player." For now, the starting job seems to be Nunn’s. Whether he keeps up this hot start will be something to watch, but he’s already winning over fans and his underdog story will only help his case. The Flying Nunn! pic.twitter.com/oRQEVth17z — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) October 28, 2019 2. P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets The No. 12 pick didn’t take long to make his case for playing time in Charlotte. While GM Mitch Kupchak previously suggested the Kentucky product would spend time in the G League, Washington wasn’t having it. Washington scored 27 points and hit 7 3s in the opener, setting an NBA record for a debut. And he hasn’t showed many signs of slowing. Through five games as a starter, he’s averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 1st among rookies) while shooting 54.7% from the field and 52.0% on 3s. Another ???? night for @PJWashington! ? 23 PTS ? 8 REB ? 76% (10-for-13)#AllFly pic.twitter.com/HwLNyoW6Jg — Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) October 31, 2019 3. RJ Barrett, New York Knicks The No. 3 pick has looked like a star, starting all five games and proving he’s one of the best shooters in this rookie class. Through five games, Barrett is averaging 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds while shooting 47.4% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc. Barrett’s only issue so far is one that plagued him at Duke: He’s just 11-for-27 (40.7%) from the free-throw line. Coach David Fizdale is experimenting with Barrett at the point, with mixed results so far. First career double-double ?@rjbarrett6 went to work. pic.twitter.com/hXxyibWIO0 — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) October 29, 2019 4. Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies Morant has had his ups and downs, but he certainly had a signature moment in one of his first big tests. Squaring off against Kyrie Irving, Morant scored 30 points (17 in the 4th) and sealed the win with a block on Irving before setting up the game-winning 3 as the Grizzlies beat the Nets 134-133 in OT. Morant is averaging 17.5 points and 5.0 assists through four games, but he’ll have to cut down on his 5.0 turnovers per game. Still, Morant’s flashes of brilliance in a big matchup earn him a top 5 spot on the first Ladder. ?? ????? in the ?? ?17 points in clutch time ?Block to send the game into OT ?Became 1 of 3 players in NBA history to have a 30+ point 9+ ast night within his first 3 games. (shouts @GrizzliesPR) @JaMorant | #GrzNxtGen pic.twitter.com/wa5LynMl7h — Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) October 28, 2019 5. Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards Hachimura is winning over fans and teammates alike with his early play. The No. 9 pick has started all four games for the 1-3 Wizards, averaging 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds (tied for 1st among rookies) on 46.9% shooting. Coach Scott Brooks is giving the former Gonzaga forward free rein, so he should be a regular on the Ladder. “He's going to be special in this league. I think he has the potential to be a star," Isaiah Thomas said of his teammate. "I always tell him he reminds me of Kawhi Leonard when he first came into the league; big body, big hands, midrange game, he knows the game really well." Just missed the cut: Coby White, Chicago Bulls White started the season hot, scoring 17 and 25 in the first two games, but hasn’t reached double-digits since, shooting 8-for-31 in the Bulls’ next three games. Still, White has proven to be a capable change-of-pace off the bench and could climb with more playing time. Tyler Herro, Miami Heat Herro has been a key piece to the Heat’s 3-1 start to the season, averaging 16.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting 45.8% from the field (36.8 on 3s). The No. 13 pick, who was tabbed “best shooter” by his fellow rookies, scored 29 points (exploding for 19 in the 2nd quarter) in Miami’s 112-97 win over the Hawks. DeAndre Hunter, Atlanta Hawks Hunter has started all four games for the Hawks, averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game. This team is clearly built around Trae Young and John Collins at this point, but Hunter is sliding right into his role and his numbers should only rise as he gains experience. Matisse Thybulle, Philadelphia 76ers Thybulle’s numbers on offense won’t wow you, but the No. 20 pick out of Washington makes his money on the defensive end. Through four games, Thybulle has 12 steals (leading all NBA players) and 6 blocks, both tops among rookies. He’s had multiple steals in all four games (setting a Sixers rookie record) and two or more blocks in three of the four, even more impressive considering he’s only seeing about 20 minutes per game. * * * (All stats through Thursday, Oct. 31, PHL time) Send any questions or comments to my email or find me on Twitter @drewpackham. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 1st, 2019

Heat edge Lakers in thriller to keep NBA title dream alive

Jimmy Butler's triple-double propelled Miami to a 111-108 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday that kept the Heat alive in the NBA Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 10th, 2020

Miami Heat laban lang Butler, Adebayo triple kayod

NASA hukay na ang isang paa ng Miami Heat, isang maling hakbang at matutuldukan na ang pangarap nilang makamit ang titulo sa 2019-20 NBA season. The post Miami Heat laban lang Butler, Adebayo triple kayod first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 8th, 2020

Phenomenal Butler lifts Heat back into series

Orlando---Jimmy Butler insisted that even with two key players hurt and two double-digit defeats in the books the Miami Heat weren’t done in the NBA Finals......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

LeBron James nagkalat: Miami nagliyab sa triple ‘D’ ni Jimmy

SINAMANTALA ng Miami Heat ang pagkakalat ni LeBron James sa fourth quarter, sumandal sa all around game ni Jimmy Butler para itarak ang 115-104 victory sa Game 3 ng 2020 NBA Finals kahapon sa Orlando bubble. The post LeBron James nagkalat: Miami nagliyab sa triple ‘D’ ni Jimmy first appeared on Abante......»»

Category: newsSource:  abanteRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

LeBron, Wade praise ‘phenomenal’ Butler

    By CARLO ANOLIN   Don’t count the Miami Heat out just yet. Jimmy Butler made this statement clear after lifting the Heat past the Los Angeles Lakers 115-104 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals Sunday (Monday, Manila time). With Butler leading the Heat, the NBA world gave a nod to the Marquette […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Miami takes Game 3, cuts NBA Finals deficit to 2-1  

Jimmy Butler posted a triple-double as the Miami Heat beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 115-104, in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Monday (Manila time) to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Butler dropped 40 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the undermanned Heat, who played without injured starting […] The post Miami takes Game 3, cuts NBA Finals deficit to 2-1   appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

Heat bumalik ang init, Game 3 sinungkit

Nagbuhos si Jimmy Butler ng triple-double para pangunahan ang Miami Heat sa 115-104 panalo kontra Los Angeles Lakers sa Game 3 ng NBA Finals at maibaba ang pagkakaiwan sa serye sa 2-1 nitong Lunes. Bumitaw si Butler ng 14-of-20 shooting sa pagkolekta ng 40 points na sinahugan niya ng 13 assists at pagpitas ng 11 […] The post Heat bumalik ang init, Game 3 sinungkit appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 5th, 2020

NBA Finals: Heat need to play ‘near perfect’ to beat Lakers

MANILA, Philippines — Jimmy Butler knows the dangerous situation the Miami Heat are in heading into Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, and he’s damn well sure that there’s no point in them to not play at their best. The Heat are down 0-2 against the Lakers and if their […] The post NBA Finals: Heat need to play ‘near perfect’ to beat Lakers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

Heat’s Butler: Don’t count us out vs Lakers

Miami forward Jimmy Butler vowed the Heat won’t roll over against the Los Angeles Lakers despite a second-straight double-digit defeat in the NBA Finals on Friday. “We’re never giving up,” Butler said. “We’re going to fight and we’re going to ride with this thing til the wheels fall off. “It’s not over,” Butler insisted. “We’re […] The post Heat’s Butler: Don’t count us out vs Lakers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 4th, 2020

Bruised Butler vows to bounce back after Lakers mauling

Orlando, United States—Jimmy Butler called on his battered and bruised Miami Heat team-mates to toughen up after their game one mauling by the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals on Wednesday (Thursday Philippine time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Philippine coaches divided on NBA Finals picks

Philippine coaches are split like East and West in casting their picks for the heavy favorites Los Angeles Lakers and the tough underdog Miami Heat in the looming classic NBA Finals starting Thursday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 1st, 2020

Butler, Heat prepare for ‘mother of all battles’

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Jimmy Butler’s journey to the NBA Finals began when he was thrown out of home by his mother as a teenager. The 31-year-old Texan with a taste for country and western music will lead the Miami Heat on Wednesday as they take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Butler finally at home as Heat prepare title tilt

Jimmy Butler’s journey to the NBA Finals began when he was thrown out of home by his mother as a teenager. The 31-year-old Texan with a taste for country and western music will lead the Miami Heat on Wednesday as they take on LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the […] The post Butler finally at home as Heat prepare title tilt appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2020

Heat scorch Celtics, reach NBA Finals vs Lakers

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida — It was exactly one year ago Sunday when Jimmy Butler walked into the Miami Heat practice gym, took a seat on a makeshift stage and said he wanted to be part of the team’s next title run. He’ll have that chance. The Heat are going to the NBA Finals — […] The post Heat scorch Celtics, reach NBA Finals vs Lakers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2020

Herro scores 37 as Heat hold off Celtics for 3-1 lead

Rising star Tyler Herro scored a career high 37 points and Jimmy Butler chipped in 24 as the Miami Heat seized command of their Eastern Conference final series with a 112-109 win on Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 25th, 2020

Heat escape Celtics for 2-0 lead

Jimmy Butler converted on two clutch free throws with 7.4 ticks remaining to give Miami the win......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2020

Heat reach the East finals, top Bucks to win series 4-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida: Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals. Giannis Antetokounmpo could only watch. The fifth-seeded Heat finished off an upset of the NBA’s best regular-season team on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), topping the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 in Game 5 of their East semifinal series — while […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 11th, 2020

Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals; Lakers down Rockets, up 2-1

Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 8, 2020 at The Field House in Orlando, Florida. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images/AFP) MIAMI (AFP) — The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee 103-94 as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic finished with 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter against the league’s top defensive team. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 23 points. Antetokounmpo — tipped to scoop a second straight NBA Most Valuable Player award this season — aggravated his sprained right ankle in the first half of the Bucks’ game-four overtime victory over the Heat. The Bucks declared him inactive less than an hour before tipoff on Tuesday. The loss of Antetokounmpo, who averaged career highs of 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season, was a huge blow for the Bucks, as they tried to do what no NBA team has done before: come back from an 0-3 deficit to win a seven-game playoff series. It’s the second straight campaign that the Bucks built the best regular-season record only to come up short in the playoffs. In 2019 they fell to the eventual champion Toronto Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference finals. The fifth-seeded Heat will face either the Boston Celtics or Toronto Raptors for a place in the NBA Finals. The Celtics lead their series against the defending NBA champion Raptors three games to two. Butler, who added 10 rebounds and six assists and was a perfect eight-for-eight from the foul line, said the Heat’s impressive 8-1 record so far in the playoffs means nothing now. “All of that is behind us now,” he said. “We’ll wait and see who we get out of Toronto and Boston and then we’ll lock in on that. “But it’s zero-zero now, we’ve got eight more to get.” The Heat trailed 28-19 after a chaotic first quarter in which they committed six turnovers leading to nine Bucks points. They trailed by as many as 13 in the first period, but settled down in the second, out-scoring the Bucks 33-18 to take a 52-46 lead into halftime. But Milwaukee, with Middleton leading the way, refused to go away. After going scoreless for more than six minutes in the third period the Bucks put together an 8-0 run to pull within five points. Trailing 73-65 going into the final period, the Bucks trimmed the deficit to four multiple times, but the Heat’s depth finally proved too much. “Obviously they missed their MVP,” Butler said. “But we knew we were going to have to get one out of the mud and I think this was the one.” Antetokounmpo said he felt “lost” as he was unable to contribute. “Mentally it was a battle, but at the end of the day you’ve got to trust your teammates and that’s what I decided to do,” he said after the Bucks medical staff persuaded him not to risk further injury by playing. LeBron leads Lakers LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers, left, drives the ball against Ben McLemore #16 of the Houston Rockets during the second quarter in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on September 08, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (AFP) In Western Conference action, LeBron James scored 36 points and Anthony Davis added 26 as the Los Angeles Lakers powered to the finish in a 112-102 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers grabbed a 2-1 series lead and James notched an NBA record 162nd career playoff win. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teams,” said James, who won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat and one with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It says that I’ve played with a lot of great teammates and some great coaches.” James Harden scored 33 points with nine rebounds and nine assists and Russell Westbrook added 30 points for Houston in a back and forth battle that saw 16 lead changes. The Lakers’ reserves scored 42 points, with Houston’s only points off the bench the 16 of Jeff Green. Rajon Rondo, who scored 21 off the bench for Los Angeles, hit back-to-back three-pointers and came up with a steal and layup as the Lakers surged ahead with a 17-5 scoring run to start the fourth quarter. After putting up 64 points in the first half Houston scored just 38 in the second and the Lakers posted their second straight win of the series. There was a frightening moment in the fourth quarter, as Robert Covington and Davis collided as Davis rose for a rebound. Davis’s elbow appeared to hit Covington in head and he left the court holding a bloodied towel to his face, while Davis was hurting from Covington’s elbow in his side......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020

Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals

The Miami Heat punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, beating top-seeded Milwaukee, 103-94, as injured Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo watched from the bench. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic scored 17 points apiece as six Heat players scored in double figures and Miami completed a 4-1 series victory in a bruising encounter […] The post Heat oust depleted Bucks to reach NBA East finals appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 9th, 2020