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Jimmy Butler Told Erik Spoelstra He Wanted To Guard Giannis During Game 2

Credit: NBA

Credit: NBA

Last night, Jimmy Butler didn't have the same night he had on Game 1 when he went off on the Milwaukee Bucks with 40 points. Goran Dragic took over for Butler and the result was the same, even though the last seconds and the last play were full of controversy. Giannis tried to impact the game on the defensive end, going against Giannis Antetokounmpo and doing a great job.

Unlike Giannis in Game 1, Butler actually told head coach, Erik Spoelstra, he wanted to guard the Greek Freak and got to work against him.

Butler was very active guarding Antetokounmpo, even making simple plays to force a TO. In the end, Butler was the one who made the two free throws that gave the Heat the 114-112 victory and the 2-0 lead in the series.

It was a hard-fought game but Jimmy wasn't afraid of the challenge. He wanted that smoke with Giannis and his head coach gave it to him.

Before Game 2, he issued a warning about his team and how focused he was to get that big prize. Talking with Sam Amick of The Athletic, he talked about his time in Philadelphia, making it clear that his focus is now on Miami and all the good things they can do this postseason.

“I’m here now, and I’m telling you. I don’t even think about what could have happened with Brett Brown. What could have happened… I don’t, because if I get too lost in that I’m not doing my due diligence for these guys. I’m so f—— locked in right now, and I will do anything that it takes to win man. I’m telling you. Like, I don’t want to have to come out and score 40. I don’t give a f—. I’ll shoot the ball twice as long as you guarantee me that we get a ‘Dub.’ I don’t care (how he gets labeled as a player), I don’t. I couldn’t care less how anybody labels me. Just know that I do everything in my power to win. That’s what brings me the most joy, is that no matter what you think, or no matter what you might say, you’re never going to be able to say that I’m not a winner. I may not have won it, but you’re not going to say that I was a loser, that I played a losing style of basketball. You’ll never say that.”

Now the Heat are 2-0 up in the series and the Bucks don't seem to have an answer to this team, which hasn't lost a single game in the playoffs. Butler is leading a great group of players to compete and dominate in the East when nobody believed they were going to do anything important this year. Everything is coming along so well for the Heat that Butler is making jokes with the president of the team, Pat Riley.

They're dominating the #1 seed in the East and some have started to think they could sweep the Bucks if they don't make the right adjustments.