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Jimmy Butler on Heat vs. Celtics: ‘We’re not underdogs’

Michael Holley says that while the Celtics are the more talented team, players on both rosters haven't proven anything yet in the playoffs, as he and Michael Smith predict a lengthy series.

The Heat (+120) are underdogs against the Celtics (-139) in the Eastern Conference finals. Odds provided by our partner, PointsBet.

Heat star Jimmy Butler, via Nick Friedell of ESPN:

“We don’t really use ‘underdog,’” Butler said after Saturday’s practice. “We may say that we have a chip on our shoulder, but I don’t think that we’re the underdog. I think that we’re a really good team. We play together. Everybody knows their role. We just compete.

”... I think we’re supposed to be here. That’s how we think of it. To me, to us, that’s all that matters. We’re not underdogs. We’re competitors.”

“We all think that we’re the better team,” Butler said. “We all think that we’re supposed to be here. And that’s the way that I think. ... I love the way that our guys think like that as well, because I think confidence and your mental [approach] is the majority of this thing.

Miami acquired Butler to instill this attitude, and it’s
paying off.

Boston was better than the Heat during the regular season. But neither team has solidified itself as clear favorite:

Butler has grown confident as he keeps beating the odds. That’s not changing now.