- Jimmy Butler is optimistic the Miami Heat can close the Eastern Conference in Game 6
- After going 0-3 down, the Celtics cut the lead to 3-2 after winning Game 5
- NBA teams are 0-150 after going 3-0 down in a best-of-seven series
Despite taking a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals, the Miami Heat have dropped the last two games and now face a monumental Game 6 at home.
After losing Game 5 110-97, Heat star Jimmy Butler believes they are going to close the series in Game 6 at home.
The Heat are now in danger of becoming a victim of a historic NBA comeback if they lose the next two games. Butler has been stellar this postseason, but in Game 5, he was poor. He finished with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting as the Celtics dominated the contest from start to finish, per ESPN.
The Heat have shown incredible resilience in the playoffs, especially last season in the conference finals. After knocking out favorites and No. 1 seed Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, they are definitely capable of closing the series in Game 6.
Before Game 5, they were dealt a massive blow after guard Gabe Vincent was ruled out because of a sprained left ankle.
Butler's defiant message
Butler was confident after the game despite the possibility of being on the wrong side of history by the time this series is over.
"They were in a rhythm since the beginning of the game, but we're always going to stay positive knowing that we can and we will win this series," Butler said. "We'll just have to close it out at home," via NBC Sports.
Butler has backed up his words before. After his Heat lost to the Celtics in Game 7 of the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals, Butler famously declared Miami would be "right back in the same situation (in 2023), and we’re gonna get it done."
Can they end the Celtics' dream of a comeback?
Celtics fans reaction to Game 5 win
Sports Brief earlier reported on Celtics fans dreaming of a historic playoff comeback against the Heat.
‘Boston in 7’ went trending on social media, with Celtics fans dreaming of a miracle comeback in this series.
Many mentioned the Red Sox, who overcame a 3-0 series deficit against the Yankees in the 2004 American League Championship Series.