It might have been him, not Celtics star Jayson Tatum, celebrating a finals appearance and collecting the Larry Bird Award as the Eastern Conference Finals MVP, if Jimmy Butler’s late 3-pointer had gone in.
However, it was off the target, and the Celtics hung on to win their first NBA Finals with this core and their 22nd overall. On Thursday at 9 p.m. in San Francisco, Boston will take on Golden State.
Jayson Tatum Was Crowned The MVP
After the game, Butler and Jayson Tatum enjoyed a long embrace. Part of his remark was recorded on tape by ESPN cameras. The Miami Heat were one shot away from reaching the NBA Finals thanks to Jimmy Butler. After it fell a few inches short, the ultimate outcome was a Boston Celtics victory of 100-96.
Tatum finished the game with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, including seven clutch scores in the fourth quarter. In the series, he totaled 25.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.6 assists.
After seven hard skirmishes that took place to the very last minute of the game, Butler shared an emotional hug with his Celtics foe. He also had a few words for JT as he prepares to focus on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The admiration between both the two Eastern Conference powerhouses is undeniable.
Jimmy Butler played like a player deserving of a spot in the NBA Finals, scoring 35 crucial points in Game 7 after wreaking havoc on Game 6 with a 47-point masterpiece. The Celtics, led by Jayson Tatum, proved to be too much for Miami. Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two great playmakers, while Marcus Smart and Al Horford spearhead a defense that has plagued Butler’s supporting group throughout the series.
After overcoming Jimmy Butler’s one-man show, Boston now meets a much more formidable opponent in the three-time champion Warriors of the Stephen Curry era.