Jimmy Butler burried the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night and afterward had a message for them. Three years ago, the 76ers decided to keep Tobias Harris and trade Butler to the Miami Heat. After scoring a game-high 32 points in Game 6 and leading the Heat to a 99-90 win, Butler repeatedly yelled "Tobias Harris over me" as he was heading to the Heat locker room.
Butler was outstanding throughout the entire series as the Heat have advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, while the 76ers are going home.
Butler gives credit to his teammaes
"I think the confidence my teammates and my coaches put in me, it's a lot," Butler said, per ESPN. "They really be hyping me up out there and I just go play. I try everything in my power to make sure that we win.
... They just trust me with everything." Butler admitted there was time he thought he'd play in Philadelphia for a very long time. "I'm not complaining," Butler said. "I love being here in Miami. I love the group of guys that we have and I'm not changing anything that happened.
I'm here for a reason, and we're going to ride this wave and take it back to the 305. Get ready for the next round and work our way towards this championship." Butler reached the NBA Finals with the Heat in 2020 and now he is just one series win away from going back to the NBA Finals with Miami.
"Now I'm where I belong," Butler said. "I guess where I should have been a long time ago, a place where I'm welcome. I'm so grateful that coach Pat [Riley] believed in me, coach Spo, and then they were like, 'Yo, Just go.
Figure out a way to get us to where we want to go.' And I'm on my way to doing that. I'm trying to tell y'all, I cannot do that without these guys on this roster. They believe in me, I believe in them and that's what works."