“Not Ready to Talk About Basketball Yet”: Emotional Jimmy Butler Makes Worrying Statement After Tough Loss to Jayson Tatum’s Celtics

Published 06/21/2022, 6:42 AM EDT
Sep 15, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives to the basket while Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) defends during the first half in game one of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler has expressed his lack of desire to talk shop after a heartbreaking loss against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals. Butler and the Miami Heat suffered a close Game 7 loss against Jayson Tatum and company to end any hopes of reaching the NBA Finals for the second time in three years. Jimmy Butler left everything on the floor in the series, but the Heat still couldn’t get over the hump.

The Miami Heat had a remarkable season this year. They topped the Eastern Conference with a stunning record of 53-29. But all that seems a distant memory after the gruesome loss in the playoffs.

Jimmy Butler doesn’t want to open a door of emotions

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Jimmy Butler has plainly admitted that he’s still getting over the mortifying loss against Boston. Therefore, it’s hard for him to talk about basketball.

Man, honestly, I’m not ready to talk about basketball yet,” Butler said in an interview. “I’m still in my feelings, so I don’t really get into it. I can’t. You’re opening up a door of emotions. I just want to talk about coffee and ice cream, my brother,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have suffered a similar fate as Miami after losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. But Butler is not interested in the result at all. In fact, he wants to enjoy the offseason before starting preparations for the next season.

Butler’s path to a championship

Jimmy Butler probably wants to win an NBA championship as bad as anybody in the league. There has never been a debate regarding Butler’s work ethic and dedication to the game. In fact, he leaves everything on the court, both in practice and in games.

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Butler averaged 41 points in the last two games of the Conference Finals. Therefore, his disappointment is understandable. With a little bit of help from his co-stars, he could’ve taken Miami over the hump.

Jimmy ‘Buckets’ led the Heat to the NBA Finals in 2020. However, they didn’t stand a chance against LeBron and AD’s Lakers. Butler scored a remarkable 35 points, 11 assists, and 12 rebounds in game 5 to give Miami some hope. But that wasn’t enough to challenge the mighty Lakers.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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