Heat Notes: Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Dillon Brooks

Star swingman Jimmy Butler bounced back from a sprained ankle in a big way, scoring 28 in the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Knicks.Jimmy Butler drives past Isaiah Harternstein

Miami now leads the series by a 2-1 count.

“I feel all right,” Butler said after the game, via Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “A lot of recovery and making sure that I can move went into it for sure. I got a great team behind me that people don’t see that are always there for me and making sure I have everything I need while I’m off the floor to recover.”

  • The Heat controlled things from the opening tip, and it’s starting to seem as if the No. 8 seed has pulled it together when things mean the most. “I think we just kept our heads down and I think we just kept competing, kept communicating the whole time,” point guard Kyle Lowry said, via Lopez. “I think we had a good game plan. I think we were focused.”
  • Forward Bam Adebayo had his best game of the series, especially defensively, and said that part of the court is why the Heat were able to win. “Making them take tough shots. Making them play in crowds. And then getting into their shooters. Running them off the line,” Adebayo said. “I feel like that’s what really won us that game.”
  • Grizzlies free agent forward Dillon Brooks has been linked to the Heat recently, as we relayed here. Brooks would be a perfect fit in Miami, opined Wes Goldberg of Fansided.

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