“The Ultimate Leader”: NBA Fans Place Jimmy Butler on a Pedestal as He Gets Candid About a Claim Made a Year Ago

Published 05/30/2023, 7:10 AM EDT

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The Miami Heat stunned the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the thrilling Eastern Conference finals on Monday, winning 103-84 on the road to destroy them. The Celtics had a chance to overturn history by being the first team in NBA history to overturn a 3-0 playoff score. Unfortunately for the Celtics, their playoff hopes ended after game-7 against the Heat. And Jimmy Butler had a crucial role in Heat’s victory.

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Meanwhile, Butler opened up about the claim he made a year ago.

Jimmy Butler holds up to his claim made last year

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Following the Celtics’ disastrous loss, the Heat had exciting news waiting for them. Jimmy Butler received the MVP award for the Eastern Conference finals. Butler and Caleb Martin were in a tight race, and Butler won with five votes to Martin’s four. Butler became the Heat’s clear statistical leader throughout the series, routinely contributing to every important category. However, he lacked in rebounding. And with a game average of 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 2.6 steals, he had his game face on.

In a post-game interview conducted by Ernie Johnson, the host of ‘Inside the NBA,’ he bought up the bold claim that Jimmy Butler had made about the Heat last year. Butler, holding the Larry Bird trophy, responded to Johnson, filled with awe for his team.

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Jimmy Butler had claimed that the Miami Heat will be back in the Eastern Conference Semifinals and that, “they’ll get it done.” And it seems like Jimmy Butler held on to his claim.

He said, “I have so much belief in myself and this group of guys. In the squad that, uh, coach Pat and Spo and everybody else put together. I see it every single day. I know how good of players that we have, I know how good of a team we are, and we made it happen.”

The Heat have now progressed to the NBA finals where they will play against Nikola Jokic‘s Nuggets.

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Meanwhile, ‘playoff Butler’ gets all the praise from fans.

NBA fans hold Jimmy Butler in high regard following the Heat’s victory

Following the Heat’s victory against the Celtics, heat fans were on cloud-9 and placed Butler in high regard. Many took to Twitter to share what they had to say.

A fan tweeted, “The ultimate leader! Honored to have Jimmy Butler leading my team #HEATculture”

Others followed suit, praising Butler for his performance.

A fan even tweeted “Michael Jordan son,” pointing out how Butler’s impressive performance was similar to the NBA legend.

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The Heat will now face the Denver Nuggets in the NBA finals on June 1 at 8:30 PM ET. Who are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ranjitha Ramesh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Ranjitha has a strong foundation in reporting and writing. Her passion for basketball, particularly the Lakers and LeBron James, fuels her desire to delve into the lifestyle and off-court activities of NBA stars.
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