Jimmy Butler and the Heat failed again to close out the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics on Thursday night, losing Game 5, 110-97, in Boston.
The Heat still lead the series, 3-2, and only need a win at home on Saturday to advance to the NBA Finals. But their losses in the past two games have allowed the moment to shift in a big way over to the Celtics, who are looking to become the first team in NBA history to come back from a 3-0 playoff deficit.
Butler, who had just 14 points in Game 5, had a positive message after the loss and also made a very confident prediction about how things will play out at home on Saturday night:
"We can and we will win this series."— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 26, 2023
Jimmy Butler has confidence in the Heat closing the series out at home 👀 pic.twitter.com/1YcO2prcgh
Get your popcorn ready. Saturday’s Game 6 is going to be tremendous TV.