Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler claims his team's confident remains sky high despite them falling 3-1 down to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. On Tuesday night in Orlando, the Lakers beat the Heat 102-96 to bounce back from a Game 3 loss and take a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.
Butler posted nearly a triple-double in back-to-back games as he scored 22 points, had 10 rebounds and nine assists in Game 4. "I don't think that it should [change]," Butler said, per ESPN. "We're so comfortable with who we are and how we play that that's what we're going to go out there and do.
And we're going to live with the end result; obviously, we want it to be a win, but we just got to lock in on us knowing that we can control a lot of these things, but our confidence ain't going nowhere. It's going to stay high.
I'm going to make sure that it stays high because it's going to have to be at an all-time high to get this next win."
Butler says the Heat have got to be better
After the Heat lost the opening two games, they were written off by many -- but then they won Game 3.
"We know we got to be better," Butler said. "We know that we can be better, as I've been saying this entire time. We showed glimpses of it, and then we made some crucial mistakes, whether it be on the defensive end or the offensive end, and beat ourselves in the end.
But like I always say, they're a really, really, really good team, we got to play damn near perfect to beat them. We didn't do that tonight." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra shares the same belief as Butler, saying nothing's over.
"Our guys love competition and love the challenge," Spoelstra said. "We are here for a purpose. We never expected this to be easy. We'll just rest and recover tomorrow. I think everybody could probably use that a little bit.
Recalibrate, get back to work on Thursday. I know our group's going to be ready. Heat coach Spoelstra is confident that his team will deliver a big performance in Game 5. "We'll respond," Spoelstra added. "That's not even -- that's academic at this point, we'll just rest up [Wednesday] and get back to work and get ready for the next one."