Meyers Leonard Makes It Clear That Jimmy Butler Is Better Than Giannis Antetokounmpo

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Jimmy Butler has made his presence felt loudly as he’s led the Miami Heat to a 3-0 series lead over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Butler has been so impressive that center Meyers Leonard made a bold statement about the five-time NBA All-Star.

All things considered, few people outside of South Florida would agree with Leonard’s sentiment. However, in this series, it may be true.

The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, who’s the favorite to win the regular season MVP award, hasn’t looked like himself.

Outside of a 29-point, 14-rebound performance in Game 2, the Greek national has been very underwhelming at both ends of the floor.

Butler, on the other hand, has looked like the best version of himself.

He had 40 points in Game 1 as Miami pulled away in the fourth quarter to win. Then on Friday, the Marquette University put in 30 points as the Heat overcame a double-digit deficit.

In both Game 1 and Game 3, Butler did the bulk of his work in the fourth quarter, which has been the trademark for much of his career.

It’s one thing to be dominant in the regular season like Antetokounmpo has been, but the playoffs are where true stars earn their salt, especially in crunch time.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.