The Miami Heat are headed to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2014. After finishing a 103-94 series-clinching Game 5 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler sent a warning signal to the rest of the league as the upstart Heat continue to surprise with their play in the bubble.
When asked if his team has played its best basketball yet, the always confident Butler was quick with an answer.
"No, I don't think so," he said. "I don't think we've played a full 48-minute game yet. And that what's promising. When we do lock in and decide to play from start to finish, I think the game would be a lot easier. I don't think it's happened yet, but we have to next round."
The Heat have been the surprise of the NBA's restart, racking up an 8-1 record and qualifying for a conference finals berth for the first time since LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were leading the way.
After all the emotional ups and downs throughout the season, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra spoke with pride as he discussed his team's rise through the Eastern Conference playoffs.