Jimmy Butler remains a firm believer in the Heat after losing the series against the Celtics.

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Jimmy Butler got nothing but a fair mark from the Miami Heat as the Boston Celtics ripped them to pieces to further extend the Conference Finals into the deciding Game 6 on Saturday night.

After building an impressive 3-0 series lead, the Heat cooled off in two consecutive games and failed to close the streak to reach the NBA Finals, losing a 30-point aggregate lead in both losses in Games 4 and 5.

“We just have to play better. Start the game better. At the start, complicate their task. They’ve been in rhythm since the start of the game,” Butler told reporters after the 110-97 loss to the Heat.

“But we will always stay positive knowing that we can and will win this series and we just need to close it at home.”

The Heat have been unable to match the Celtics’ impressive two-way play since the start of the fight on Thursday. Butler, for his part, became passive, scoring just 14 points as he was heavily guarded by Boston’s all-around perimeter units.

Rather than dwell on his poor performance in the last two games, Butler chooses to move forward and prepare for another game of his life as he and his troops return to South Florida for Game 6.

In the history of the NBA playoffs, no team has come back from a 3-0 loss in a best-of-seven series, but the all-star swingman is motivated to give Team C no more breathing room to achieve an unthinkable return to the series. .

“The last two games are not who we are. It just happened and we stopped playing defense halfway through because we weren’t throwing the shots we wanted to throw,” he said.

But it’s easy to fix. We just have to go out and play harder from the jump. So, as I always say, everyone will be smiling. We will be very, very, very consistent, knowing that we will win the next game.”

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