Maybe NBA fans and pundits were surprised by the result of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Jimmy Butleron the other hand, nothing but.
the heat The superstar dropped 35 points as he led Miami to an upset win over the Celtics on Wednesday night. During his postgame interview, a reporter asked Butler if he thought it was possible for the team to make a deep playoff run after having to navigate a play-in tournament. Butler didn’t hesitate.
“Damn right, I did it. Damn right we did. And the best part about it is that we still don’t care what you think. Honestly speaking, we don’t care if you choose us to win. We never have we never will,” said Butler. “Our circle is small, but this circle has a lot of love for each other.”
"We don’t care if you choose us to win."
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Butler was everywhere in court on Wednesday. Besides his game-high 35 points, which included a dagger three, Butler added seven assists, five rebounds and six steals.
The Heat entered Wednesday’s game as significant underdogs, but their status as the weaker party was not something they took for granted. Butler explained that the team remained confident before the game.
“We continue to trust everyone, and we’re going to go out there and hook. We’re playing basketball the right way because we have a chance,” Butler said.
Game 2 is set for Friday night, where the Heat will look to continue defying the odds and win a second straight game in Boston.