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Jimmy Butler oozes confidence ahead of Miami Heat’s pivotal game against the Atlanta Hawks and buoys Heat’s playoffs hopes.
Riding off last year’s magical run to the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler and the Heat have every intention of getting to the playoffs.
The Heat’s win over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night gave Miami its third consecutive victory, boosting their season record to 31-28. Still, at a middling seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, the Heat are playing at a level that’s nowhere near last year’s performance and some are wondering if the magic is gone. Can Miami can even secure a spot in the blazing playoff chase?
Butler recently addressed his team’s place in the standings: “I can’t speak for everybody. I don’t care. I really don’t. I don’t pay attention to it. I don’t be on the World Wide Web like that. So I can’t tell you who is where.”
Of course, Butler has at least some idea of how many games Miami needs to win to qualify. He’s not playing dumb. But he’s also no stranger to being the underdog and knows he has the star potential and the grittiness to take his team far in the postseason. Butler said, “All we got to do is get there. We get there, us as a team, I’ll handle the rest.”
Jimmy Butler isn’t fazed by the haters and believes the Miami Heat will go far
Butler’s assertive mentality will remind fans how he carried the team in the fifth game of the 2020 Finals. On that fateful day, he recorded a triple double, scoring 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and five steals to force Game 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Butler was pretty much the designated driver to Miami’s beaten-up minivan of a squad that postseason. In crucial games against the Milwaukee Bucks on the path to the finals, Butler averaged 23.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.4 assists while also taming the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo.
This is a man who has proven time and time again he will put the city of Miami on his shoulders and roll a boulder up a hill, and needless to say, he’s won the city’s love. Butler has the unwavering support of Heat fans everywhere, and it seems they would do anything for the guy:
With Miami’s upcoming game against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, you can bet Butler is already telling his teammates to bring their A-game. Because of the tiebreaker, the Hawks game could possibly count as double in the playoff race, and no matter what he says about standings, Butler knows exactly what’s on the line.