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Monday, April 17, 2023
Sportsman of the Week Ending 4/16/2023
It was an exciting week in the NBA as the play-in format took center stage as teams vied for the last two seeds in the playoffs. Win you're alive. Lose you're dead. The Miami Heat were in the middle of the battle, first losing the play in game to guarantee them a 7 seed, but then securing the 8. Nobody was more critical than Jimmy Butler. Butler scuffled in a loss to the visiting Atlanta Hawks to force his Heat into a do or die. And they did. Behind his 31 point effort, the Heat disposed of his former team the Chicago Bulls and thrust themselves into the Eastern Conference playoffs. You cannot win unless you're in the game. And win they did, taking the first game from the top seeded Milwaukee Bucks by 13 points. And it was all about Butler. 15-27 from the field. 35 points. 11 assists. 5 rebounds. The Bucks had no answers. Can Miami become a beast in the East? Jimmy Butler will have everything to do with it! Our Longhorndave Wportsman of the Week!