After their performance in the Orlando Bubble last summer, plenty of people thought the Miami Heat would carry that over into the 2020-21 season. Unfortunately for them and their fans, things have not materialized as hoped after making the NBA Finals.
The Heat have had some COVID issues and battled numerous injuries. Avery Bradley, Goran Dragic, Maurice Harkless and Jimmy Butler have all missed time this season. The team has fallen woefully short of expectations, as they currently have a record of 12-17. To add salt to the wound, an NBA scout recently said that the team’s performance last season in reaching the NBA Finals was a fluke.
Miami brought back most of their core for this season but they have yet to find the same formula for success as they had in the bubble. The Heat just finished up a back-to-back set against the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings. After blowing a big lead against the Warriors, the Heat bounced back to defeat the Kings.
While the victory against the Kings was a solid bounceback, there is still plenty of work to do. Jimmy Butler, the leader of the team, offered a brutally honest assessment of how the team is performing following their game against Sacramento.
Well, Butler certainly isn’t one to mince words and he didn’t with that quote. He isn’t wrong, given what just happened in southern California earlier this week.
With Erik Spoelstra on the sidelines, the Heat have one of the best coaches in the game to help turn things around. However, no matter how good of a gameplan he puts together, it is up to the players to execute.
Maybe Jimmy Butler’s harsh comments will light a fire under some of his teammates to step up their game on the court. Luckily for him and the Heat, there is still plenty of time to turn things around and get back into the playoff race.