Jimmy Butler Reflects on Comeback Mentality of Miami Heat in 2020 NBA Playoffs

Published 09/17/2020, 11:33 PM EDT
Sep 17, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) defends Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) during the fourth quarter in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are conquering the NBA Playoffs! Jimmy Butler is leading a team of fearless warriors who are currently 10-1 in the 2020 postseason. Moreover, the 31-year-old loves proving his critics wrong, and he does not refrain from mentioning it time and time again! 

The Heat are now up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, and Jimmy Butler is loving every bit of it. Miami clinched Game 2 on a four-point margin, but the win did not come easy. Butler and co. were trailing by 17 points, when they recouped confidence and dominated the third quarter. 

The Heat outscored the Celtics as much as 20 points in the third, which oozed the momentum back on their side, heading into the finals stages of the game. After posting the win, Butler mentioned how the Heat’s mentality works during huge deficits, and how they close-out by outplaying their opponents.


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“We just gotta find a way to win it,” Butler said, in a calm tone. The former Bulls star has seamlessly fit in with Miami Heat’s culture. He put forth how they find the drive during tense situations. 

“We like to make it hard on ourselves. We like being down double digits and being the comeback kids,” he informed.  With this win, the Heat have tied the record for the largest deficit overcome in a playoff game. 

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After an incredible performance in the Heat’s OT victory in Game 1, Jimmy came back for more in the subsequent game. Though the five-time All-Star only scored 14.0 points, his defensive awareness won the game for Miami. 

Butler’s fourth-quarter intensity proved to be too much to handle for the Celtics. The Heat regained all their confidence after closing out their 17.0 point deficit, which inspired Butler to step up with three amazing steals in the final four minutes. 

This Game 2 victory also serves as a major confidence boost for this blazing Miami Heat team. They’re now 10-1 in the Playoffs, and the odds are very much stacked against them to reach the finals. 

Sep 17, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jae Crowder (99) holds up two fingers after winning game two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics as he celebrates with forward Jimmy Butler (22) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Miami Heat wn 106-101. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are in their 20th NBA postseason appearance. Over these years, they’ve maintained a perfect winning record, whenever they’re up 2-0 in a series. In fact, the Heat are 16-0 when they registered two straight victories against their opponents. 

Jimmy B on his clutch defensive plays towards the end of the game


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Butler stole the ball from Kemba Walker during a crucial moment in the game. His quick awareness helped Miami reduce the gap with just three minutes remaining in the final quarter. Moreover, it is incredible that he managed two more steals after his quick move on Walker. 

After the win, Butler was asked to comment on his defensive plays, and he stated how coach Spoelstra preaches to him about winning. “Every single day. Every time we talk, every time we speak. And I think I did that on the defensive end, and Goran, and everybody else did that on the offensive end, but my job tonight was to guard,” Butler said. 


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Jimmy Buckets is inspiring the Heat on a magical playoff run this year. They are now the favorites to make it all the way to the finals from the East. They’re undoubtedly playing with a championship mentality, a culture that has been inbred into the franchise for many, many years. 



Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.