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Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler before Game 7 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals.
Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat before Game 7 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics on May 29, 2022. | Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Miami Heat simply didn’t have enough firepower. Despite coming within just one win of the NBA Finals, Miami couldn’t keep up with the Boston Celtics‘ offensive weapons and elite defensive scheme, resulting in the team’s 4-3 Eastern Conference Finals loss.

The disappointing outcome had nothing to do with a lack of effort from Jimmy Butler. The six-time All-Star had a tremendous series, specifically in Games 6 and 7, and former Celtics player Kendrick Perkins even believes he should have been recognized for it.

Perkins thinks Butler deserved consideration for Conference Finals MVP.

Kendrick Perkins believes Jimmy Butler deserved consideration for Conference Finals MVP

The NBA recognized Conference Finals MVPs for the first time ever this season, and Celtics star Jayson Tatum won it in the Eastern Conference (fitting considering the East trophy is named after Larry Bird).

But former Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins, who won a title with the team in 2008, believes Jimmy Butler deserved consideration.

“I do; I do (think he deserved consideration),” Perkins said on the May 30 episode of First Take. “And one can make a case that he actually was the best player in this series, to be honest with you. … Walking into the Garden in Game 6; that performance alone deserves a hell of a nod. That was a classic performance.”

With his team down 3-2, Butler dropped 47 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists on the road in Game 6 to force a seventh contest. He then had 35 points and nine rebounds in Game 7, but the Heat lost 100-96. His 82 combined points were the second-most ever in a Game 6 and 7.

“Jimmy Butler has shown us time and time again, that when it comes down to the postseason: Put his name in the conversation with the best,” Perkins said. “He actually deserved to be in the consideration for the [Conference] Finals MVP.”

Did Jimmy Butler deserve consideration?

So, is Kendrick Perkins correct? Did Jimmy Butler deserve consideration for Conference Finals MVP?

Yes, he deserved consideration. But Jayson Tatum was the clear winner.

Butler’s performance shouldn’t be overlooked. He dropped 41 points in Game 1 and, while battling injury, scored 47 in Game 6 and 35 in Game 7. Had the 32-year-old made his three-pointer near the end of regulation, the Heat would probably be preparing for the NBA Finals right now.

However, Tatum was the better player throughout the entire series, and his team won. So, the right person won the award.

Tatum averaged 25.0 points and 8.3 rebounds against the Heat. At times, he was also an excellent passer, dishing out nine assists in Game 5. His conference finals performance was simply a continuation of a tremendous playoff run he has had thus far. Tatum is averaging 27.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.9 assists this postseason.

Was Jimmy Butler remarkable? Yes. Would he have won Conference Finals MVP had the Heat beaten the Celtics? Absolutely. But Jayson Tatum’s team came out victorious (and will continue its playoff run against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals). He also played at an elite level throughout the series.

The trophy went to the correct player.

Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference

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Taylor Swift’s rep responds to reports the singer has the worst private jet carbon emissions



A spokesperson for Taylor Swift has responded to a report that named the singer as the celebrity with the worst private jet CO2 emissions. 

Yesterday, a report released by Yard claimed the American singer was the biggest CO2 polluter of the year so far, having flown in her private jet 170 times since January and totalling 8,294.54 tonnes of CO2.

However, Swift’s spokesperson told Buzzfeed News the statistics are inaccurate.

For context, the report claims the average person produces just seven tonnes of carbon emissions per year.

Taylor Swift speaks onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Swift’s representative said only some of the 170 flights can be attributed to the singer: “Taylor’s jet is loaned out regularly to other individuals. To attribute most or all of these trips to her is blatantly incorrect.”

Regardless, it is clear Swift’s jet is racking up significant amounts of carbon emissions due to its inefficient use.

According to the Yard report, her average flight time is just 80 minutes, and her jet’s shortest recorded flight flew between Missouri and Nashville for just 36 minutes.

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Other significant celebrity polluters include boxer and domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather, whose shortest flight was just 10 minutes long but emitted one ton of carbon; Kim Kardashian, who has emitted 609 times more carbon than the average person; and director Steven Spielberg, who took an 18-minute flight between Rotterdam and Amsterdam – a route which, when taken by train, takes only an hour. 

The subject of celebrity carbon emissions has blown up ever since Kylie Jenner shared an out-of-touch photo of her and partner Travis Scott posing in front of their private jets with the caption, “you wanna take mine or yours?”

In the midst of the backlash, many began diving deeper into Jenner’s private jet use by examining the Celebrity Jets Twitter account, which records celebrity private jet trips.

Many were horrified she was regularly taking flights as short as 12 minutes and reprimanded her for “her absolute disregard for the planet”.

Many found it hypocritical that ordinary people were being asked by big companies to reduce their car trips and use paper straws when celebrities are constantly leaving huge carbon footprints with frivolous trips in their private jets.

Despite the wave of criticism, celebrities have continued to take private flights between short distances. 


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Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with ‘Fuller House’ Co-Stars in Attendance!



Jodie Sweetin Marries Mescal Wasilewski with 'Fuller House' Co-Stars in Attendance!

Jodie Sweetin is married!

The 40-year-old actress, best known for playing Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House, married social worker Mescal Wasilewski on Saturday (July 30) at a private home in Malibu, Calif. after five years together.

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Jodie and Mescal wed in an intimate backyard ceremony that included her two daughters – Zoie, 14, and Beatrix, 11 – and her Fuller House co-stars including John Stamos, Candace Cameron Bure, and Andrea Barber.

“I know I have the right partner for the rest of whatever life brings me,” Jodie shared with People. “And I couldn’t be more grateful.”

Jodie and Mescal were first introduced through friends in 2017 and dated long-distanced before Mescal moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2020. They got engaged in January 2022.

This is the fourth marriage for Jodie – she was first married to Shaun Holguin from 2002 to 2006, to Cody Herpin from 2007 until 2010, and to Morty Coyle from 2012 to 2016. She shares Zoie with Cody and Beatrix with Morty.

Congrats to the newlyweds!


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How to Make Sense of a Very Unpredictable Fall Movie Season




All of a sudden, the fall movie season looks very busy. This week brought two big festival announcements loaded with major films to come: First came Venice, with a lineup that includes everything from Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale” to “Bardo”; it was followed by TIFF, where Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans” will premiere alongside Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light” and Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” among many others. Meanwhile, Telluride continues to shroud its selections in secret, but the latest lineups help us get a sense of what to expect there as well.

In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson dig through both lineups to get a sense for which films could impact the coming awards season and why it’s almost certain to be an unpredictable ride. They also address the return of competitiveness between festivals that seemed to subside earlier in the pandemic, and touch on the recent changes to the Oscar submission rules in France.

Watch the full episode above or listen it below. 

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 


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