(Editor’s note: With Pac-12 sports gone until January, we will be recapping every NBA playoff game that includes a former Arizona Wildcat, along with some social media reaction.)
Will the Miami Heat ever lose again? Depends on if they keep getting incredibly lucky breaks with no time on the clock.
Jimmy Butler’s two free throws after time had expired gave the fifth-seeded Heat a 116-114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday. Miami now holds a 2-0 lead over top-seeded Milwaukee in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series and is 6-0 in the NBA Playoffs in the Orlando bubble.
Butler missed a shot from the corner as time expired, but Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo made contact with him on the way down. The referees reviewed the play and determined a foul had been committed, giving Butler two free throws that he made with no other players on the line.
You be the judge.
Jimmy Butler gets the foul at the buzzer pic.twitter.com/DYQUkCBcoK— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 3, 2020
Goran Dragic led Miami with 23 points, while Tyler Herro had 17 off the bench. Antetokounmpo had 29 and Khris Middleton added 23 for Milwaukee, which now must win four of the next five games to advance.
Former UA star Andre Iguodala, the last remaining Lute Olson-era player left in the league, had four points in 11 minutes off the bench for Miami but did not play in the fourth quarter after suffering a right ankle sprain late in the third.
Andre Iguodala went to the locker room after an apparent ankle injury— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 3, 2020
Kyle Korver was issued a flagrant foul on the play pic.twitter.com/6MSvLMl1Jw
Solomon Hill, Miami’s other ex-UA standout, did not see time and has yet to play for the Heat in the postseason.
Game 3 of the Heat-Bucks series is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. MST Friday, with TNT airing the contest.
On Thursday at 3:30 p.m. MST on TNT is Game 3 of the other Eastern Conference semifinal series, with the Boston Celtics up 2-0 on the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors. Former UA standouts Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson have been non-factors for Toronto so far through the first two games.
What they’re saying about Arizona’s guys on social media
Bucks are hammering miami every goddamn time down the floor and nothing. Put in Solomon Hill and let take a dude to the deck.— AD (@Apdirtybird) September 3, 2020
I’m super pissed. @andre is my favorite. Really hope he’s ok.— Nancy Votes Blue ☮️✡️ (@norcal823) September 3, 2020
Solomon Hill on the bench looking like Frederick Douglas— Justin Grant (RIPKOBE) (@ThePackageJG) September 3, 2020