Jimmy Butler was nonplussed when asked about the 15-game win streak recently put up by the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA’s reigning champions lost Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers in free agency last summer, but have continued winning in the wake of his departure and actually have a better record than the Western Conference outfit.
They went on a run of 15 games unbeaten before being halted by the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and certainly look to be a contender at the moment. But that’s not enough to worry Butler as the Canadian side has lost both games they’ve played against the Heat.
The Heat All-Star was asked for his thoughts on the streak by a reporter on Saturday and answered her question with a question. “Have they beat the Miami Heat?” he quipped, adding “Alright then.”
The Heat have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season, with Butler’s summer addition working wonders for the team. They’re currently fourth in the Eastern Conference and look well on their way to the playoffs, having won 35 games so far.
The likes of Butler, Bam Adebayo (a first-time All-Star this year), Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson have helped bring the good times back to Miami, making Erik Spoelstra’s side the one no one wants to face in a seven-game series. And the recent acquisitions of Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder, and Solomon Hill will likely boost their title prospects even more.