Jimmy Butler confident of Heat turnaround in Conference Finals
Jimmy Butler is confident the Miami Heat can turn things around after losing 3-2 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Miami must now win consecutive games after losing 93-80 on Wednesday, despite leading 42-37 at halftime.
Boston can seal the home court series on Fridaybut Butler is determined to present him to a Game 7 decider on Sunday.
Butler: ‘We know we can play really good basketball’
“Besides the fact that everything is possible, we know what we are capable of,” he said.
“We know we can play really good basketballand we know we’re going to play some really good basketball.
“It’s going to have to start in this next game in Boston. But I just think we know we can win.
Butler left Game 3 early with a knee problem and has since been 7 of 32 from the field in consecutive losses.
However, he was in no mood to make excuses for his poor performance.
“It does not matter; if i’m out there i gotta do better,” he said. “I have to find a way to help us win, and I didn’t.”I’m doing well. My knee is fine. I just have to do better. That’s not an excuse.”
His teammate Kyle Lowry adopted an equally defiant tone as he sought to make a rallying call ahead of a critical clash in Boston.
“We have to keep on keeping on working,” Lowry said. “It’s the first four, so we have to go to a hostile environment, and it’s going to be amplifiedbut I like what our team can do.
“I like the opportunity we have, and we have to go out there and fight.”