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Erik Spoelstra: Every Young Player Should Study Jimmy Butler

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Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra praised Jimmy Butler following Miami’s do-or-die victory over the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday.

“His will to win is remarkable,” Spoelstra said. “To do that in 47-plus minutes, and take the challenge on the other end? Every young player coming into the League should study footage on Jimmy Butler, the definition of a two-way player, competing on both ends.”

Butler has indeed been tremendous for the Heat, averaging 29.0 points, 10.2 assists, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game in his first-ever Finals appearance. Butler is getting it done on both ends, taking the challenge of guarding LeBron James and matching his output on the offensive end.

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Despite it being his first season with Miami, Butler has embodied the franchise’s culture in a way that may only be matched by Heat lifer Udonis Haslem.

Refusing to be rattled by the pressure of the moment, Butler continues to defy the odds, and that’s a quality that all young hoopers should try to embody.

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