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Butler’s shoulder improving, Heat confident about chances against Giannis and the Bucks

Game 1 set for Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball against Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) and guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) passes the ball against Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) and guard Kendrick Nunn (25) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP) (Kim Klement)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Miami Heat are ready for the challenge of taking on the Milwaukee Bucks.

After sweeping the Indiana Pacers in the opening round of the NBA Playoffs, Miami now has to face the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Jimmy Butler said that his injured shoulder is feeling better and he’s ready to go. He said he’s been lifting weights and working on his game, and plans to play whether the injury hurts or not.

“That’s where we start at here in Miami, we pride ourselves on playing incredibly hard and locking in on the defensive end, making sure that everybody’s in the right position,” Butler said. “Obviously, they have a great offense with Giannis getting to the rim and spraying out to all the shooters they have... We know what we’re capable of.”

Butler added that defending Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo requires not just one effort from a defense, but multiple efforts.

“They’re such a good team, but it does start with him,” Butler said. “You have to lock in on him and take him out. And hopefully, take the other guys out too.”

Butler said the Heat are meant for the bubble.

“We’re here to win man, home or away,” he said. “I think this is the type of environment we like to play in. We’re not worried about the fans booing us or cheering for us for that matter. We’re just out here playing a Miami Heat style of basketball, playing with and for one another.”


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