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Heat's Jimmy Butler guarantees NBA Finals appearance after Game 5 blowout: 'We can and we will win'

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the miami heat dominated Eastern Conference Finalstook a 3–0 series lead over the Boston Celtics three days earlier.

In NBA history, no team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win. playoff seriesGoing 0-150 with the teams facing a challenging task.

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However, the Celtics are at least forcing the heat To think about the possibility of making infamous history.

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Boston forced a Game 6 in the Eastern Conference Finals, winning Game 5 110–97 on Thursday in Boston.

While the next day’s conversation will be about the Celtics trying to replicate the Boston Red Sox of 2004, Miami Star Jimmy Butler It is believed that he will participate in the NBA Finals for the second time.

At a post-game media availability, Butler told reporters, “We just have to play better. Start the game better.” “Make it more difficult for them. They have been in rhythm since the start of the game.

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“But we’re always going to be positive knowing that we can and we will win this series. And we have to close it out at home.”

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The Celtics got off to a fast start in Game 5, forcing six turnovers and holding a 15-point lead after the first quarter.

Boston forced 16 turnovers on the night, reducing the series lead to 3–2 and going 4–0 during the 2023 nba playoffs When facing elimination.

“It just says that our backs are against the wall, and we’re sticking together, and we’re competing at a high enough level to give ourselves a chance,” Celtics coach Joe Majulla said.

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Miami is attempting to become the second eight-seed to reach the NBA Finals since 1984, when the current format was adopted.

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“One game doesn’t lead to the next,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It doesn’t matter. It’s about preparing and putting together a great game collectively. We’ll play a lot better on Saturday. We just have to focus on it now.”

Boston connected on at least 40% of its three-point attempts for the second straight game, knocking down 16 of 39 shots from beyond the arc.

Game 6 is Saturday night in Miami.

The Associated Press contributed to this story