As their backs are against the wall following a gut-wrenching two-straight home loss to fall down 3-1 in the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets, Jimmy Butler isn’t ready to wave the white flag yet on behalf of the Miami Heat.
“Same thing it’s always been. It’s a game at a time. Now we are in a must-win situation every single game, which we’re capable of,” he said. “[We got] some correctable things that we got to do but It’s not impossible. We’ve got to go out there and do it. We’ve got three [games] to get.”
Throughout the course of their historic playoff run, the eighth-seeded Heat have answered the challenge numerous times, but the new test they’re facing which was imposed by the giant Nuggets squad in the title arena is way too daunting to overcome.
To add, history doesn’t favor those previous teams that have fallen in a similar scenario they have in the championship round. Out of 36 different Finals scenarios, only the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 have fulfilled the impossible to pull the greatest playoff comeback in league history.
Despite what the history narrates and the swirling narratives that are now truly against them, Butler keeps his faith and optimism intact that they can complete their mission of having the greatest postseason run ever.
“We are going to continually fight, starting tomorrow. And then we are going into Monday [Game 5] and do what we said we were going to do this entire time and win,” he said.
“We have to. We have no other choice. Otherwise, we did all this for no reason.”