Jimmy Butler Thinks Miami Heat Would Have Defeated New York Knicks, Boston Celtics In Playoffs

Jimmy Butler Thinks Miami Heat Would Have Defeated New York Knicks, Boston Celtics In Playoffs

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler thinks his team would’ve defeated the New York Knicks had he remained healthy.

Butler was injured in the first quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers last month in the Play-In Tournament. He struggled the remaining three quarters, leading the Heat to a loss.

If they won, the Heat would have played the Knicks in the first round. The Knicks are coached by Tom Thibodeau, who was Butler’s coach when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2011. Instead, the Heat played the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Butler said he felt the Heat would have defeated the Knicks in the first round if it would have happened.

“New York damn sure would be at home,” Butler said in a video posted on social media. “I love Tibs but I don’t want Tibs. I love you baby but I want to beat you to a pulp. You want me. I don’t want you. It’s like a one-sided relationship. You in love with me and I love you but I’m not in love with you.”

Butler also discussed what would’ve happened if he were healthy to face the Celtics.

“If I was playing, Boston would be at home,” Butler said in a video posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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