Jimmy Butler nonetheless assured regardless of Warmth’s Recreation 5 loss: ‘We’re going to win the following sport’

For the primary time this postseason, the Warmth are coping with some adversity. 

Miami fell to Boston, 110-97, on Thursday evening in Recreation 5 of the Japanese Convention Finals. It marks the primary time on this yr’s playoffs they’ve misplaced back-to-back video games, and it was their second straight missed alternative to clinch a spot within the 2023 NBA Finals. 

The collection will now shift again to South Seashore, the place they will have one other golden alternative to shut out the Celtics with a win at residence. But when they had been to lose Recreation 6 on Saturday evening, it will put them getting ready to a disastrous collapse after holding a 3-0 lead simply days in the past. 

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Regardless of all of the chatter of a Boston comeback, Warmth star Jimmy Butler continues to be supremely assured. 

“We have simply obtained to play higher, begin the video games off higher on the starters and make it tougher for them,” he stated after Recreation 5. “They had been in a rhythm because the starting of the sport. However we’re all the time going to remain optimistic understanding that we are able to and we are going to win this collection. We’ll simply have to shut it out at residence.”

Recreation 5 was one in every of Butler’s worst performances of this yr’s playoffs. He entered the competition averaging 29.9 factors per sport, however completed with simply 14 factors on 5-of-10 capturing from the sphere. He additionally posted a game-worst score of minus-24. 

However that hasn’t stopped him from being positive of a win on Saturday evening. 

“It will be all smiles,” he stated of the workforce’s mindset. “We’ll maintain it very, very, very constant, understanding that we’re going to win the following sport.”

Warmth followers will probably be dearly hoping he is proper.

Recreation 6 will tip off at 8:30 p.m. ET this Saturday, Could 27 on TNT. 

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