Jimmy Butler wants to meet the Celtics ‘and see who goes down first’ – CBS Boston

BOSTON — The Celtics ran into a lot of Jimmy Butler in Game 1 on Tuesday night. Or rather, Butler has met a lot of Celtics.

The Miami Heat superstar plans to do even more in the future.

After his night of 41 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks for Miami, Butler was asked if he made a concerted effort to get to the free throw line. His response indicated that free throws are mostly a byproduct of how he wants to play basketball.

“I like the physical,” Butler said. “Like, I want to meet people and see who goes down first, who’s going to stop first. I think that’s the style of basketball I like to play. And so do [the Celtics]. And you know, I was 0-for-2 out of three tonight. I want to go 0 for 0 next game because I just want to keep kicking people.

Butler hit the line 18 times on Tuesday night, knocking down 17 giveaways in the Heat’s 118-107 series opener victory.

It was obviously a huge game for Butler, but equally obvious was the absence of Marcus Smart and Al Horford, two critical layers of the Celtics defense. It’s unclear whether Smart or Horford will be back for Thursday’s Game 2, but Butler left no doubt about his strategy when he sees a route to the basket.

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