Miami Warmth star Jimmy Butler mentioned on Friday he loves it when opponents taunt him throughout video games and mentioned he is “not the very best particular person to mess with,” referring to the sparks that flew with Grant Williams in Miami‘s win over the Boston Celtics within the NBA East Finals.
“Yeah, it motivated me, however that is pure competitors. He put in an incredible shot and began speaking to me, I find it irresistible, it makes me focus, push extra and makes me chortle. I do know I am a superb participant,” Butler mentioned on the postgame press convention following a 111-105 win over the Celtics at TD Backyard.
The Warmth took a 2-0 sequence lead and can now have two video games at dwelling, the place they’re undefeated within the playoffs, to punch their ticket to the Finals.
“It is simply competitors, I respect him, he is an enormous a part of the Celtics,” Butler added. “I simply do not know if I am the very best particular person to mess with.”
Butler put up 27 factors, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals and responded on the courtroom to the provocations of Williams, who confronted him within the fourth interval when the Celtics have been up by 9 factors.
He’s the chief of a Warmth crew that performs as a unit, through which Bam Adebayo had a triple double with 22 factors, 16 rebounds and 9 assists and Gabe Vincent was excellent coming off the bench with 25 factors.
“Caleb was large, as was Bam,” famous Butler, who acknowledged that his teammates put him in the very best place to specific his full potential.