Jimmy Butler’s confident message about being able to counter anything Lakers throw at him

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Despite being underdogs throughout the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat have remained confident, even after falling behind 1-3 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Much of that confidence seems to emanate from All-Star Jimmy Butler.

After the Heat won Game 5 111-108 to force a sixth game, Butler talked about his confidence in his team’s offensive attack.

The Heat took an early lead on Friday and maintained it for most of the game.

Although the Lakers made a run in the fourth quarter to put some serious doubt in Miami’s title hopes, Butler saved the day.

He had 35 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals, including several buckets and free throws in crunch time to prevent the Lakers from hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

When Butler didn’t have a good enough look, his young teammates help up their end of the bargain.

Duncan Robinson, in particular, shouldered the burden with 26 points and seven 3-pointers.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s, and during that time he has lived through the Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James era of Heat basketball. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.