Jimmy Butler claims Miami Heat will ‘still win the f***ing championship’ despite 2-5 start to NBA season

JIMMY BUTLER remains defiant in his belief that the championship is theirs to lose.

The Miami Heat have struggled to gain momentum this season, currently sitting thirteenth in the Eastern Conference at 2-5, off the back of two losses.

Butler scored thirteen points during their most recent 119-113 loss to the Sacramento Kings


Butler scored thirteen points during their most recent 119-113 loss to the Sacramento KingsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Spoelstra has been Miami's coach since 2009


Spoelstra has been Miami’s coach since 2009Credit: AP

But star forward Butler, 33, is confident that they can overcome the odds and not just contend for, but win a championship.

Butler told The Athletic: “We’re still going to win the championship, and I don’t care what nobody says.”

“Count us out. We’re going to win the f*****g championship. I’m telling you. I don’t give a damn that we started 2-5.”

Butler explained that while they’re 2-5, they’re a “straight” team with enough time.

He said: “We’ve just got to play with a little bit more urgency and realize how fragile this thing is, trust in one another and play basketball the right way on both sides of the ball.

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“There’s a lot of good things, so I don’t get discouraged. I know we have these (good) stretches (in games), and it’s like, ‘Damn, they really can do it.’ We can do it. We’ve just gotta do it consistently.”

And it isn’t just Butler who remains confident.

Coach Erik Spoelstra told the Miami Sun-Sentinel that “we’ve seen the vision of what it can look like.

“We just have to get to that more consistently. And it takes intentional thought and collective commitment to do that, which we’re fully capable of.”

“At least we know what it can look like. There’s teams in the league that don’t have that vision and haven’t been able to put together a lot of quality minutes.

“We have. We’re closer than we are further away from it. But when you add losses to it, sometimes it can feel like you’re far away. But we’re not that far away.”

Butler leads the Heat in scoring per game with 21.3 – which only places him 31st in the NBA.

The Heat as a whole has struggled to get on the board this season, ranking 26th in scoring with 108 points per game, while allowing an average of 110.6 – eleventh-fewest in the league.

Next up for the Heat are the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, who themselves have yet to hit the heights expected of them as they currently sit eleventh in the Western Conference at 3-4.

Butler (C) remains confident: "We’re going to win the f*****g championship"


Butler (C) remains confident: “We’re going to win the f*****g championship”Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Stephen Kerr's Warriors have lost their last two games


Stephen Kerr’s Warriors have lost their last two gamesCredit: AP

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