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Heat, 76ers having similar seasons that feel very different, and a first-round playoff series could be looming

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The Pacers have the 10th-toughest remaining schedule in the league, while the Sixers have the fourth-easiest, which is in part why SportsLine is projecting Indiana to stay at No. 6 with the Heat and Sixers finishing 4-5 and meeting up in the first round, with the Heat securing home-court advantage. All season Jimmy Butler has been talked about as a fringe MVP candidate, but if you look closely he’s actually having the worst shooting season of his career and he’s struggled in the clutch, even though his “Jimmy Buckets” reputation suggests he’s a guy you can count on in tense times.

If you throw out Butler’s rookie season in which he only played eight minutes a game, this is the worst 3-point shooting season of his career by an eye-popping margin; through Sunday, he’s shooting just 25 percent from 3, per Cleaning the Glass. The point is this: Butler is having a great season, no question, but if he were having a shooting season like this in Philadelphia, there’s also no question it would be talked about a lot more – What do you know, another Sixer who can’t shoot.

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