Draymond Green reacts to Jimmy Butler’s missed 3 vs. Celtics

Jimmy Butler has taken some criticism for his controversial 3-point attempt in the dying seconds of the Miami Heat’s heartbreaking loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. That miss ultimately cost Miami their season as the Celtics walked away with a win to secure their NBA Finals berth against the Golden State Warriors.

Dubs star Draymond Green has opened up about Butler’s near-heroic exploits for the Heat and it’s clear the former Defensive Player of the Year believes it wasn’t Butler’s best decision. Talking about a recent episode of The Draymond Green ShowThe Warriors veteran explained why he thinks it was a bad shot:

“I personally think that shot shouldn’t have been taken,” said Green (h/t Heat Nation’s Sam Leweck). “And the reason I thought it was a bad shot was because that shot was right there, that was it. That was like – the shot just said, ‘Either we win this or we go home.’ And once the shot was missed, it felt like someone took a small staple or safety pin and jabbed it right at the balloon, and the air just left the building once that shot was missed, unlike Jimmy Butler. we know is absolutely amazing at getting to the rim and even better at getting to the rim and getting fouled.

“And so you have a retiring Al Horford with a lot of space and your shooters are racing to fill it in and you’re sitting at 35 points. You’re home, the crowd is in. If Jimmy Butler drives this basketball and hits it, or if Jimmy even drives, the odds of you getting a foul call – and you’re on your home court and Jimmy is great at getting fouled – are significantly higher. So if Jimmy drives that basketball and scores a goal or he gets fouled and the game is a tie, all the pressure is on the Boston Celtics.”

Fair point from Green here. On the other hand, you can’t really blame Jimmy Butler for his decision. He had another outstanding game and opted for the kill. Unfortunately for the Heat, things just didn’t pan out for them the way Jimmy had envisioned. Despite this, Butler cannot be credited for what he has done for his team this season.

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