Jimmy Butler delivers again!
Already in its first game after the restart of the NBA, the Small Forward was again in a good mood and contributed 22 points to the 125: 105 victory against the Denver Nuggets as top scorer. He also convinced with a strong 54 percent hit rate from the field and seven assists.
The superstar was supported by Bam Adebayo, who also entered the scorer list with 22 points and narrowly missed the double double with nine rebounds.
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However, the Florida franchise had to fight for a long time until the victory was finally deserved. At half-time, they were just behind with 56:57. After the break, Miami really got on the gas and won the third quarter with 38:22. The hands of the nuggets were trembling. Eight turnovers in this quarter alone are the best proof of this.
In the end, the nuggets were no longer able to counter the offensive violence of the Heat and had to give up significantly.
Butler causes jersey confusion
However, heat superstar Butler caused a sensation not only in the field. All eyes were on him even before the game started. He had asked the NBA to wear a shirt with no name. So he wanted to demonstrate for social justice. The league forbade him to do so.
When the 30-year-old stepped onto the floor without a name on his jersey before the game, the referee sent him back to the cabin. Only after he returned with a labeled jersey did the referee start the match.
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Also in protest against social injustice, almost all players and supporters of both teams knelt. Only Meyers Lonard from the Miami Heat stood during the anthem. But he did not want to see this as a statement against the Black Lives Matter movement. “I absolutely believe in Black Lives Matter,” he said, wearing a t-shirt with this motto.
However, he could not kneel during the anthem because he wanted to pay tribute to his brother, who had already served twice in Afghanistan as a US Marines soldier.
“I stand behind Black Lives Matter and at the same time I want to honor the military, my brother and all people who have fought for our rights and our country,” he defended his standing.