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Erik Spoelstra, Jimmy Butler assure a Heat win over Celtics in Game 7

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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra expects his team to bounce back in Game 7 after losing Game 6 to the Celtics. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Getty Images

The Miami Heat keep losing games to the Celtics before predicting a win in the next game.

Jimmy Butler assured wins in Game 5 and Game 6 only to see the Celtics prevail both times. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra was undaunted after a 104-103 loss in Game 6.

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After Derrick White hit a game-winning putback at the buzzer to even the best-of-seven series at 3-3, Spoelstra said his team would win in Game 7 on Monday at 8:30 p.m. at TD Garden.

"At this time right now, I don't know how we are going to get this done, but we are going up there and get it done," he said. "That's what the next 48 hours is about."

Butler wasn't as demonstrative in his declaration after Game 6 as he was after Game 4 or 5.

"What we do every single day in the offseason and in the preseason, during the regular season is to be able to be tired and still figure out a way to win. Be tired and still be able to execute," he said. "We have to be able to do that now, of all times. I think we will."

But after the "I think we will" early in his press conference he came back firmer.

"We are not going to let up. I'm not going to let anybody quit. I'm not going to let our guys quit. I don't give a damn what happens," Butler said. "We're going to go in there and we're going to win."

Spoelstra said his team was ready to start Game 7 as soon as Game 6 ended and doubled down on his confidence about still earning a spot in the finals.

"We wish we would tip this thing off, right now. Right now, let's tip this thing off and let's play another 48 minutes," he said aggressively tapping the table in front of him. "But we'll wait 48 hours and do this thing in Boston."

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