Fortunately, a 40-point triple-double performance by Jimmy Butler ensured that conversation would never take place. The only discussion now concerns whether the Heat can tie the series tonight at 9.
If the team were to pull it off, would this NBA title be the greatest the Heat has ever won? Would a 2020 NBA championship mean more to Miami Heat fans than the 2006, 2012, or 2013 titles?
We think so. Let's discuss why.
But the Heat is the bona fide underdog in this series against the Lakers. Upsetting them would shock the world and leave Heat fans with a taste in their mouths they've never had.
Jimmy Butler is a one-man superteam. Jimmy Butler deserves this. He's out there with the Miami Heat on his back. In Game 2, he dropped 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists while only resting for 3 of the 48 minutes of play.
Jimmy Butler’s (40 PTS, 11 REB, 13 AST) big night guides the @MiamiHEAT to victory in Game 3! LAL leads series 2-1.— NBA (@NBA) October 5, 2020
Game 4: Tuesday - 9pm/et, ABC #NBAFinals
Kelly Olynyk: 17 PTS, 3 3PM
Tyler Herro: 17 PTS, 2 3PM
LeBron James: 25 PTS, 10 REB, 8 AST pic.twitter.com/95lAVhsBWG
Dwyane Wade had Shaquille O'Neal. LeBron James had Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Jimmy Butler has Kelly Olynyk and 20-year-old rookie Tyler Herro making the biggest shots next to him.
Having an NBA championship on your Wikipedia page in your rookie season is impressive. Being a large part of that happening at age 20 is downright incredible.
This season, he has proven to all the clueless people who needed more proof that he's indeed a hall-of-fame head coach. An NBA title would do it for all the people in the back, still not paying attention. An NBA title would mark him as one of the greatest coaches in NBA history.
Starting the post-Wade era with a championship would be unbelievable. Who would have predicted that the year after Dwyane Wade retired at the end of a season in which the Heat completely missed the playoffs would find the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals? What? No way. Yeah, it's really happening.
???????? LEGACY?? https://t.co/NIyMb47X3o— DWade (@DwyaneWade) October 5, 2020
The Heat winning the championship before Dwyane Wade even has a chance to get retired-fat is not something anyone saw coming. Definitely not this soon, anyway.
Who would have thought he would find his way over to the Western Conference and face Miami in the NBA Finals? Yet here we are. The Heat has a chance to get revenge in the coldest way possible.
This is the most successful homegrown Heat team ever. Past Miami Heat champions have been an assortment of players the Heat brought to town for one reason: a championship RIGHT NOW. The 2020 Heat team is full of players the Heat selected in the draft or has homegrown for years, making it extra special if the team can win in a complete different fashion compared to the past.
The Heat are the 5th NBA finalist to have a different leading scorer in each of the first three rounds of the playoffs: Goran Dragic in the First Round, Jimmy Butler in the Semis and Bam Adebayo in the Conference Finals.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 28, 2020
Each of the previous four teams went on to win the title. pic.twitter.com/KmqT8KzwbR
Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Derrick Jones Jr. know nothing but being a member of the Miami Heat. Without that core of young players, the Heat would be nowhere. Jimmy Bulter may be the engine, but the Heat's homegrown players are the wheels.
Now, as the Heat make the NBA Finals in his golden years, Dragic got hurt and is out of the series after barely one quarter of action. A championship for Goran Dragic would be one of our favorite South Florida storylines.
If the Heat can win three more games, Pat Riley could retire to his Malibu beach house. He won't, but he could.
Udonis Haslem can go out a four-time champion. Talk about betting on yourself. Udonis Haslem could have retired last season, but he decided he needed to come back and be a part of a young team in desperate need of leadership. Then the entire roster flipped, and he was suddenly on a squad that could compete.
Udonis haslem has such and incredible effect on the Miami heat even though he doesn't play, but the man has got insanely contagious heart and passion pic.twitter.com/7qiE4RVfUF— ali razzaqi (@alirazzaqi_) October 5, 2020
They've competed, all right. All the way to three wins away from sending Udonis Haslem off on a float as a four-time NBA champion, and the only player to own every Miami Heat ring.