The Miami Heat got back on the good foot on Monday night, well, sort of. While it was only the severely hobbled Kings that they were able to decimate on their home floor, it was good to see them actually be able to do that after the week they had previously directly had.
While the 23 point victory is one thing, a marvelous thing and a thing you needed to see from this team over a clearly lesser team, something else that happened in the game is one of the main stories.
Jimmy Butler took the three-ball confidently!
Wait for it though. Not only did he take it with confidence, but he made three of them, his first three in a row, might it be said.
Finishing 3/5 from downtown on the night, that would be Jimmy Butler’s best range shooting night ever in a Miami Heat uniform.
For other star perimeter players, that might not be something to write home about but for a guy like Jimmy Butler that has been putrid since arriving in Miami, relies so much on the drive game or paint points, and could stand to benefit a ton from a little spacing—it’s colossal.
The Miami Heat got a much-needed win on Monday over the Sacramento Kings. In the process, Jimmy Butler saw some much-needed range shots fall.
Well, there’s also this.
When you think about what’s being said here. It’s multi-faceted, but it all boils down to one thing.
There is the surface level of it all, which means that more threes taken and made mean more points. Then there’s the personal level.
If Jimmy is shooting, nonetheless hitting, the three, then defenders and defenses, as a whole, have to consider it. That one-second lapse or moment of consideration is all a guy like Jimmy Butler needs to get by you on his way to bludgeoning you at the cup.
Lastly, it severely helps his team. If Jimmy can provide just a little bit of spacing, along with other shooters on the roster like Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Tyler Herro, and Kyle Lowry, then that just makes everything that much easier for everyone else.
That’s, especially, for a guy like Bam Adebayo. Though he should be as aggressive, all the time, as he has been on most nights since the last Boston game, a more open paint should make that easier and more tantalizing for the athletic, elusive, and destructive big man.
All in all, it can only be a good thing. Makes are good, great even.
But the mere thought of him taking it is a big plus for him and his team. He just has to take them, for everyone’s sake.