By qualifying for the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, the Heat officially opens a new chapter in its history. Chance has it that this final series is played against LeBron James, even if Jimmy Butler does not agree too much that it is just a coincidence. For him, a champion cannot hope to lift the trophy without stealing his crown from the King.
Arrived last summer from Philadelphia, Jimmy Buckets was immediately adopted by Miami fans. The story is incomparable with the signing of LeBron James in Florida in 2010, but still he will be one of the leaders of the Heat in trying to offer the franchise a fourth trophy in its history, the first since the return of the king to Ohio in 2014. With Bam Adebayo, the All-Star had one of his best seasons on a personal level despite a big lack of parking address (24.4%). Always as clutch when it is necessary, the former star of Chicago shows especially the example in defense, a sector which explains the presence of the Heat in the NBA Finals in spite of its classification in the East at the end of the seeding games (fifth with 44 wins for 29 losses). With the intensity of the Playoffs, Erik Spoelstra’s followers made short work of the Pacers before knocking the regular season leader down in five innings and then having the Celtics wear out without breaking a sweat. . Without competition in their Conference since the start of the final stages, the Floridians are only one step away from the Larry O’Brien trophy. It will not be the easiest to climb, the ogre of the Lakers now appearing before them in the skin of the favorite. Anything but a surprise for Jimmy Butler who has been waiting for this moment for a long time as he explained at the microphone of NBA TV.
“If you want to win, you are going to have to go through a LeBron James led team.”
– Jimmy Butler
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 28, 2020
“The main key, and it has been for a very long time, if you want to win a title you have to beat LeBron James’ team. It can come down to that and that’s what we need to focus on. Obviously we can’t just focus on him because he has some really good players around him, but the same test comes back every year until you pass and that test is called LeBron James. “
Concretely, difficult to prove him wrong. Out of the last nine NBA champions, LeBron has won three titles and five teams had to beat him in the final. Ultimately, only the Raptors avoided the ultimate test while waiting for the Chosen One to finally leave the Eastern Conference to bring the cup home in June 2019. This year, LBJ will play their tenth career NBA Finals, the ninth in ten years, thus giving credibility to the words of Jimmy Butler. It’s a bit like this end boss in Mario against which we will use all of our lives by trying different strategies to try to discover our weak point. Buckets has already faced the King twice in the Playoffs with always the same result: a loss to the boss (in 2013 and 2015). But this time the situation has changed a little. Already, the number 22 is the franchise player of his team and the latter arrives in confidence with only three defeats in the bundle when it comes to attacking Game 1 of the Finals. Plus, Jimmy knows his role is going to be to put the brakes on LeBron James as the Heat managed to do with Giannis Antetokounmpo earlier in the summer. And at 31, Buckets has the advantage of physical freshness against an aging quadruple MVP even if he shows no signs of weakness with his 35 rods. The margin of error is slim for Miami but the Butler believes in his chances.
“You’re going to have to be absolutely perfect to beat the Lakers. We can do it. We do not think too much about these stories of first seed against the fifth seed in the East. “
Jimmy Butler and the Heat are aware of the obstacle that awaits them from Wednesday. But far from panicking, the Floridians prepare their battle plan to bring down the end boss in turn. If other teams have managed to find its weak point in the past, why not them?
Text source: NBA TV via Bleacher Report