Heat Notes: Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry, Role Players, Finals

Coach Erik Spoelstra said there’s no doubt about the leader of the Heat entering the Finals matchup with the Nuggets.Jimmy Butler

“Jimmy,” Spoelstra said about star wing Jimmy Butler, via Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Leads with everything — his spirit, his soul, his competitive nature. It’s all out there on his sleeves. That’s what we love about him.

“I mentioned to him, when I first met him, and then in the subsequent years after that, he never has to apologize, ever, for who he is and what he is about. It’s the same language as us, and that’s why we’re all following him.”

Point guard Kyle Lowry added that Butler’s competitive nature is unmatched.

“He’s one of those guys who competes at literally everything — cards, Uno games, whatever games they play — he’s just the ultimate competitor,” Lowry said, via Winderman.

“And having a guy like that on your team, you feel good about every situation you’re going to be in. He brings the best out of himself in these moments.”

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