Heat’s Jimmy Butler on pushback against Celtics, ‘If they did...

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Sometimes the NBA playoffs can be as simple as get angry, get even.

The Boston Celtics did and did after their humbling Game 1 loss Tuesday night at FTX Arena at the start of these best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.

Now, as the series shifts to TD Garden for Saturday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 3, the Heat are hoping for the same after being thrashed Thursday night in Game 2 on their home court.

“They tried to embarrass us. They did embarrass us,” said forward Jimmy Butler, the Heat’s lone consistent presence through the series’ first two games.

The verbiage was similar from Celtics coach Ime Udoka about Game 1, of which he said of the Heat, “they punked us.”

“I think we were upset from that,” Udoka said of his team’s Game 2 pushback. “We were out-toughed.”

By their natures, Udoka and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra are generally soft-spoken. But both have steely glares that allow their messages to resonate with a simple stare.

Spoelstra often had that look throughout Thursday’s loss, the Heat’s first at FTX Arena this postseason.

“We really got outplayed in a lot of areas,” Spoelstra said ahead of the Heat taking flight Friday. “We just...

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