Miami Heat star forward Jimmy Butler has underlined that his team won't give up as he is confident his side can recover from a 2-0 deficit against the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Heat led by 13 points early in the first quarter of Game 1 but the Lakers then went on a 75-30 run and eventually claimed a comfortable 116-98 win.
On Friday night in Orlando, the Heat were aiming to level the series but the Lakers played strong from the start until the end and ended up claiming a 124-114 win. It should be noted that the were missing their starting point guard Goran Dragic and starting center Bam Adebayo, who were absent due to injuries.
"We're never giving up," Butler said, per ESPN. "We're going to fight, and we're going to ride with this thing 'til the wheels fall off. It's not over. We're just down 0-2; we got to do something special.
We're capable of it. I wouldn't want to be in the trenches with any other guys except for the ones that we have." The Heat weren't considered as favorites to reach the NBA Finals but they went against the odds and did it.
"We believe in one another," Butler said. "We got to play damn near perfect in order to beat those guys. We've yet to do it. And if we don't do it soon, it's not going to be pretty."
Kelly Olynyk hopes Butler steps up
Heat forward Olynyk suggests it all starts with Butler and he has to step up and lead the team on the court.
Butler scored 25 points, had eight rebounds and 13 assists in Game 2. "We need him to do incredible things for us," Heat forward Kelly Olynyk said of Butler. "Like he has done all year, all playoffs. Whatever happens with the rest of us, we're going to have to step up and help him.
He obviously can't do it on his own, so we're going to have to be with him doing a little bit more, a little bit more, whatever it takes." Meanwhile, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra underlined nothing's over yet.
"We don't give a s--- what everybody else thinks," Spoelstra said after the 124-114 loss. "What will it take? Whatever is necessary. Simple as that. If you want something badly enough, you'll figure it out. Our group is stubborn, persistent, and we just need to figure out how to overcome this opponent."