NBA playoffs 2017: Dwyane Wade compares Jimmy Butler’s play to LeBron James

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Could Jimmy Butler be LeBron James 2.0?

I have an enormous amount of trust and confidence after being with Russell this season for 82 games and seeing the ways he’s closed out games and different things that he’s done, Donovan said. I trust him when he’s got the ball in terms of making decisions. Sometimes, when the ball goes in the basket, people have a tendency to say, ‘Wow! This was just an unbelievable performance!’ And ‘Is he the best closer in the game?’ And then when they don’t go in, it’s gonna be, ‘Did he take too many shots?’ I think there’s always a balance there.
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Are there some shots and better ball movement we could have? Absolutely. Are there some shots that he took and plays that he made that I wouldn’t take back? Absolutely. I think you’re always looking to find that balance where we can collectively function as well as he can.

When the Thunder try to defend their home court Friday night against the Rockets, expect Westbrook to do what he did in Game 2, which is what he’s been doing all year long.

Barkley finished his thoughts on Westbrook and when he was done, the hosts saw an opportunity to get Chuck going. They asked him about players resting, which became an issue when the Warriors and Cavs benched players late in the season, and he had some thoughts.

[The top 10-15 players] played double-digit years in the NBA and they played in those crappy Converse shoes, they flew commercial or rode the bus or train and all of a sudden now, you got all of these idiots who use analytics and say, 鈥榞uys need rest.’ It makes me sick to my stomach. It’s not proven anywhere these guys need rest.