Jimmy Butler responds to those saying Miami Heat making NBA Finals was ‘fluke’

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Miami Heat veteran Jimmy Butler offered a typically defiant response when asked about comments stating that the Heat’s drive to the 2020 NBA Finals was a fluke.

The Heat began the 2020 postseason as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference and managed to win three playoff matchups before falling in six games to the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals.

One reason why such a harsh assessment might be applied to the Heat is that the unique bubble situation used for this past postseason effectively eliminated the home-court advantage that higher-seeded playoff teams usually enjoy.

Regardless of the circumstances of how the Heat managed to reach the finals, Butler’s competitive instincts were at their peak during the postseason surge.

Butler’s performances in the Heat’s two victories in the finals serve as evidence of what he’s brought to the team since he was acquired last year.

Coming up just two games short of a title is already motivation enough for Butler to push the Heat harder to capture their first NBA championship since 2013. This latest insult will no doubt deliver even more intensity to that drive.

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Brad Sullivan is a freelance writer for HeatNation.com, having been an avid fan of NBA basketball for more than four decades. During that time, he's watched the Heat evolve from gestation period to expansion team all the way to three-time NBA champions. He'll follow their quest toward again reaching those lofty heights, and do so by offering some perspective along the way.