Miami Heat star forward Jimmy Butler acknowledged that in the NBA if a team wants to win a championship, in most cases it has to beat a LeBron James-led team. On Sunday, the Heat beat the Boston Celtics 125-113 in Game 6 to win the series 4-2 and set up an NBA Finals matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers superstar James, a three-time NBA champion, is aiming to win a fourth NBA title with a third different team. "The main key, and it's been like this for a very long time, if you want to win, you're going to have to go through a LeBron James-led team," Butler said, per ESPN.
"At the end of the day, that's what it normally comes down to, and that's what we got to focus in on. Honestly, we can't just focus in on him because he has so many really good players around him. But you're going to get the same test over and over again until you pass it.
That test is LeBron James."
Butler has nothing but love for Bam Adebayo
Heat big man Adebayo scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had five assists to help the Heat win Game 6 against the Celtics.
"I knew he was going to be key in what we were trying to do," Butler said of Adebayo. "You're talking to Coach Pat [Riley], Coach Spo, they are saying what he can do. But when you actually get out there with him it's so different because he really can do it better than anyone says that he can.
I just love being around him. He's a good dude. He cares about winning, his teammates. He's the heart and soul of this thing, he really is. I keep saying it, but he's going to be the reason we win a championship."
After being separated for months, Adebayo will finally see his mom as she is set to arrive to the bubble for the NBA Finals. "I am so happy to see my mom," Adebayo said. "Y'all don't understand. I don't get to see her [in Tier 1] but at least I get to see her in the stands.
You know, we've been waiting for moments like this my whole life, and all these good things that's been happening to me and now I get to be in the Finals and she gets to watch. Where we come from -- most people don't make it out and just to be one of those people that made it out and is making an impact on his team and his self and his mother, that's a big accomplishment for me."