The Miami Heat are facing elimination in the NBA Finals after dropping back-to-back home games to the Denver Nuggets. But despite the 3-1 series deficit, Jimmy Butler and the Heat are not giving up.
“We don’t have no quit,” Butler said after Game 4. “We’re going to go out there and play our hearts out. We’re going to leave it all on the floor. We’re going to fight to the end.”
The Heat have been in this position before. They were down 3-2 to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals, but they rallied to win Game 6 and force a Game 7. They won Game 7 to advance to the NBA Finals.
“We’re not going to back down,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We’re going to keep fighting.”
The Heat will need to play their best basketball of the series if they want to force a Game 6. They will need to get more production from their role players, and they will need to find a way to slow down Nikola Jokic.
“We’re going to go out there and play with desperation,” Butler said. “We’re going to play with urgency. We’re going to play with pride. We’re going to play with everything we have.”
The Heat have been one of the most resilient teams in the NBA this season. They have shown that they can overcome adversity. They will need to do it again if they want to win the NBA championship.
Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set for Tuesday night in Denver. The Heat will need to win to keep their season alive.