Miami Heat All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler still believes his team can turn things around in the NBA Finals despite the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers took a commanding 3-1 lead after a 102-96 Game 4 win on Tuesday night in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Butler, who has praised his team's mental toughness all season, spoke with the same calm confidence he has had throughout the Heat's time in the bubble despite the group's latest setback.
"I don't think that it should [change]," Butler said. "We're so comfortable with who we are and how we play that that's what we're going to go out there and do. And we're going to live with the end result; obviously, we want it to be a win, but we just got to lock in on us knowing that we can control a lot of these things, but our confidence ain't going nowhere. It's going to stay high. I'm going to make sure that it stays high because it's going to have to be at an all-time high to get this next win."
That mantra was echoed throughout players' and coaches' words throughout the game. The Heat have prided themselves all season as being a group that plays with a collective chip on its shoulder. They enjoy the challenge that comes with adversity -- which is a huge reason Butler and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra have no problem blocking out the noise from much of the basketball world that now believes this series is likely over.