Heat star Jimmy Butler admits being stuck in a ‘predicament’ with Erik Spoelstra in recent win
This has certainly been an up-and-down season for the reigning Eastern Conference champions, as they sit at 33-30 which is good for the seventh seed in the East, as of writing. Now, they’ve been ravaged by injuries and COVID cases, with both Jimmy Butler and fellow star Bam Adebayo missing significant time.
More likely than not, this tension is coming as the result of the team’s seventh-seed placement. In normal years, that wouldn’t be a concern, even with the Brooklyn Nets or Philadelphia 76ers waiting in the first round. But this year, with the added wrinkle of the play-in tournament between the seventh to 10th seeds in each conference, the Heat might not even make it far with the always-dangerous Washington Wizards lurking.
“We got in a little predicament [Wednesday night], but it’s nothing new,” Butler explained of his relationship with Spoelstra, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “Everything’s not all good all the time. But we both want to win; we both have the same agenda. So I think that he’s helping me grow a tremendous amount, talking about leadership as a player and what to look for with my guys.”
If anything, the Heat’s resilience is one factor that makes them ever dangerous. They are mentally built to keep up with Butler’s manic desire to win at all costs, unlike his previous stops with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sixers. This team is one with legit playoff experience, and they are all battle-hardened veterans.
The Heat will be as dangerous as any team in the postseason, and just as vulnerable too. But, unique among every squad that Butler has ever played with, this squad is resilient enough to take the abuse.