LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are still four victories away from winning the championship, but to do this requires Jimmy Butler and the young, sloppy Miami Heat.
So far in the playoffs, the Heat have maintained the record released by Los Angeles in the process of reaching the finals at 12-3.
For Butler, Miami represented the fourth team he tried to lead the championship. After losing games with the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat have built a perfect lineup that can succeed with Butler.
Although they have been in a dominant position so far, Butler knows that it will be the toughest to surpass James and the Lakers, and even calls this the final test for anyone to succeed in the NBA.
Butler said: “The primary key has been a long time, to win, you must go through the team led by LeBron James.”
“Obviously, you can’t focus on him because there are a lot of very good players around him, but you have to run the same test over and over again until you pass, and that test is LeBron James.”
Butler also expressed respect for the Lakers lineup other than James. “We will have to work hard. We will have to play a near-perfect game because they are so good. They did a good job,” he added.
“Obviously, you know the star power they have. However, we will not back down. We will worry about us. We will lock this movie. We will be ready to go. I think this will be some must-see TV.”
Butler and the Heat were not afraid of the entire playoffs, beating the high-seeded team and the favorites of the Eastern Conference Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Therefore, although the Lakers will present them with challenges they have not yet faced, there is no doubt that they are preparing for it.
James considered the possibility of facing the Heat in the finals celebration
In just five games to beat the Denver Nuggets, the Lakers celebrated their 32nd Western Conference Finals victory. However, James is not his usual happy self, but chose to sit down at the beginning of the trophy show.
“I started thinking about my next opponent. Boston stayed in my mind for a moment. Miami also had a moment,” James explained. “No matter who wins that series, this will be a daunting challenge.”
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