Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler says the team isn't even thinking about returning home as he is confident they will beat the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Heat, who dropped the first two games of the NBA Finals, stunned in the Lakers in Game 3 to reduce the deficit to 2-1, before they were beaten 102-96 in Game 4 to fall down 3-1.
Butler, the biggest name on the Heat roster, has been an outstanding leader throughout the whole season and now he is determined to make his team belive that nothing is over. "I don't think it's pressure," Butler said ahead of Game 5, per ESPN.
"I think it's just win. Ain't nobody thinking about going home over here. It's just win, so there is no pressure. We're expected to win. That's our job. It's not win or go home, it's win or win. That's how we think about it."
Butler posted a monstrous triple-double in Game 3 to help the Heat beat the Lakers. In Game 4, Butler fell just short of a triple-double as he scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out nine assists. "We know we got to be better," Butler said after the Heat lost Game 4.
"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."
Bam Adebayo shares the same spirit as Butler
Heat center Adebayo knows the Heat are in a tough situation but he is determined to go out there and leave it all on the court as he still believe his team can win the championship.
"Our backs are against the wall," Adebayo said. "We know that. It's three up, three down. That's our motto. We've got to stick to that. We've got to believe in that. It's not like it hasn't been done before.
It would be great to be another team to do that "We've got a chance. We still believe. They're writing us off. Everybody is doubting us. But as long as the people in the locker room and all our coaching staff have belief in us, that's all that matters."