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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Miami Heat All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler raised his game to a superstar level during the postseason, but the veteran is leaving the bubble with a sour taste in his mouth following Sunday’s 106-93 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals because of a promise he felt he didn’t deliver on to team president Pat Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra.
“This is what my team needed me to do, the organization asked of me,” Butler said. “I told them that I would win them one and I didn’t hold up my end of the bargain, so that means I got to do it next year. I told Coach Pat, I told Coach Spo I’m here to win one. I didn’t do my job, so moving forward, I got to hold up my end of the bargain.”
Despite his assessment, Butler’s teammates and coaches know there wasn’t much else Butler could have accomplished. He led the fifth-seeded Heat to within two games of an NBA championship, putting together one of the most unexpected runs to the Finals in recent memory. In 20 postseason games, Butler averaged 22.8