Heat star Jimmy Butler has been labeled ‘Playoff Jimmy’ once the postseason starts, noting that he increases his production in the playoffs.
The player himself does not agree with that notion, saying that he only wants to win, regardless if he needs to pass or score for that to happen.
“I’m not a scorer,” Butler said ahead of Game 3. “Just because I score a lot of points one game, that doesn’t make you a scorer. I’m not a volume shooter. I don’t do any of that. I don’t press to score. I only press to win.
“So if I pass the ball every possession, if we win, I don’t care. If I shoot the ball every possession and we win, I don’t care. This ‘Playoff Jimmy’ narrative, it’s not a thing. I just want to win along with everybody else. I don’t worry about too much other things except for winning.”
Butler’s numbers went up from 22.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.3 points in 33.4 minutes per game during the regular season to 27.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists in 39.3 minutes per game during the playoffs.