NBA players erupt after Jimmy Butler’s masterful Game 3 performance

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In the past, Jimmy Butler was not only underappreciated, he was also disrespected because of his mercurial style of leadership.

But after Game 3 of the NBA Finals, he gained plenty of respect, as many around the NBA world gave him props on social media for his beastly performance.

With his team trailing the series 0-2 and without Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo, Butler took as much initiative as anyone has in Finals history.

He put up 40 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and two blocks to carry the Heat to a vital victory.

This season has marked a turnaround of sorts for Butler, as his reputation has greatly improved.

A big reason why is the Heat’s championship-caliber culture, where confrontation is not only accepted, it’s a key component of the team’s personality.

Now, thanks to Butler, Miami has gotten itself into this championship series against a more talented Los Angeles Lakers team.

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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.