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The Miami Heat are one game away from elimination in the NBA Finals, but they remain as confident as ever about their chances to get back into the series against the Los Angeles Lakers and climb out of a 3-1 series hole in Game 5 on Friday night.
“We think it’s a really competitive series,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Thursday. “We have a purpose of why we’re here. We’re competing for a title and it’s the first team to four wins. There’s a lot of different narratives out there — we don’t give a s— what everybody else thinks. This is everything that we wanted this year, an opportunity to fight for, compete for a title. And that hasn’t changed at all through these first games.”
The Heat’s confidence doesn’t appear to be rattled, because they believe in the mental toughness the group has built together throughout the season — especially over the past few months in the NBA’s bubble. All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler reiterated what he said after Game 4 — that the group still believes in itself despite injuries and adversity throughout the series.