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- Erik Spoelstra declines to answer whether Victor Oladipo will play for Miami Heat again this season
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- Report: Victor Oladipo increasingly unlikely to receive ‘anything near’ maximum deal this offseason
Jimmy Butler Believes Miami Heat Can Win NBA Title This Season
- Updated: November 21, 2019
The Miami Heat are off to a fantastic start this season, having amassed a 10-3 record, including statement wins against the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets.
“The ceiling is a championship. And I don’t care what nobody has to say,” said Butler. “If the stars align, we can get it done. If we figure this thing out, we stay together, we get our defense on track, we get our offense on track, and we become top five in both categories, we right there. We right there. We’ve got an opportunity to do something special and we’re working at it every single day.
Miami is ranked 12th in team offense, scoring 112.2 points per game, and sixth in team defense, only allowing 103.7 points per game. When it comes to percentages, the Heat’s opponents are shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 30.1 percent from three.
The Heat’s success isn’t all due to one player, as seven Heat players are currently averaging double digit points per game. Butler is the team’s leading scorer at 18.7 points per game and also leads the Heat in assists per game at 7.0, which is a career high.
With how they’ve been playing so far this season, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say that the Heat have turned into contenders. Besides the main star in Butler, they also have supporting pieces that have played well like Kendrick Nunn, Bam Adebayo, and Duncan Robinson, all of whom are starters in head coach Erik Spoelstra’s rotation.
In the coming weeks, the Heat will be able to test themselves against higher quality opponents with games scheduled against the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and the defending Eastern Conference champion Toronto Raptors.