It was Miami’s 10th loss in its last 16 games.
“It’s not frustrating because we do it so often,” Butler said. “It’s almost like it’s expected, in a wrong way to put it. We just think we’re such a good team, and then reality hits us; we’re humbled. And I’m glad because that’s what this game does for you. Home, away, no matter what opponent you’re playing against, you just stroll into the game thinking you’re nice, you’re good, this is what.
I’m glad it happened to us,” he added. “And if we don’t fix it, I hope it continues to happen to us.
Minnesota entered. The 119-111 win allowed the Timberwolves to pass Houston and escape the league’s basement for the first Jan. 5. Minnesota outrebounded Miami 45-33 and outscored the Heat 23-5 in second-chance opportunities.
“We’re just being soft. That’s it,” Butler said after the loss to one of his former clubs. “Not getting into bodies, scared of some contact. Soft overall. Miami hosts Brooklyn on Sunday. The Heat entered the weekend in the No. 7 spot in the East, 1 ½ games behind sixth-place New York in the race to avoid the play-in round that will begin the postseason. It has been a roller-coaster season for Miami. Key players – Butler among them –because of virus-related issues early, one factor in the 7-14 start. The Heat then went 15-4.
Resembling the team that went to last season’s. And now this slide. Miami has maintained high hopes of being a playoff contender again, especially after making a trade last month for former All-Star Victor Oladipo. But he has appeared in only four games with Miami and is now sidelined by a recurrence of knee issues. The team hasn’t specified the latest problem or if Oladipo will .
Miami is 4-20 when allowing 109 points or more and 24-8 when holding teams to 108 or less.
“We’ve got to get stops, and that’s the bottom line,”said. “Offense will take care of itself.” Butler also said he wants more from Adebayo, the 2020 All-Star who signed a $163 million, five-year extension that begins . “I want Bam to attack the rim because nobody can stay before him,” Butler said. “Nobody can stay in front of him. Go.
You’re going to get fouled, or you’re going to dunk on somebody. That’s cool. I love him shooting midrange jump shots, but heoff the hook. Play bully ball. I like a bully ball. Butler has declined to speak with reporters after several recent . “I can’t tell you which way we’re going to go,” Butler said. “I don’t know what team will show up on any night.
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