Jimmy Butler
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Despite the Miami Heat’s heavy loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Jimmy Butler is confident his team will tie the series in Game 2.

Miami is also dealing with injuries as Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo are listed as doubtful. Butler himself had an ankle injury in Game 1.

“They say when it’s bad it’s bad when it rains in pours. All in all we’re still expected to win,” Butler said. “We got here for a reason. We realized we belong. But we also realize how well we have to play on both ends of the floor, to give ourselves a chance to win.

“We definitely need those two guys don’t get me wrong. But we’ve always said next man up when man goes down. Right now we’re definitely gonna have to do that but I think it’s tough to lose your minds moving at a thousand miles per hour. Obviously, not sleeping but it’s because we all care. We all want to win. We all want to be champions.”