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Jimmy Butler’s honest assessment of Heat after sorry loss to Bulls

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Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat continue to look for their identity in this crazy 2020-21 NBA season.

The Heat dropped another crucial game on Monday against a shorthanded Chicago Bulls squad. It was a close battle throughout three quarters before the visiting Bulls went on a late surge and outscored Miami 34-20 in the last 12 minutes

Butler was quick to address the Heat’s lack of effort, not just on Monday, but for the entire season so far.

“We didn’t guard for the entire game,” Jimmy Butler said after the 110-102 loss, via ESPN. “We just outscored them for a little bit, and in the end we weren’t able to outscore them. That’s the way we’ve been all year long, honestly.”

Of course, it sure didn’t help the Heat that they were without a handful of players due to various injuries. Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo, Andre Iguodala and Kendrick Nunn were all out, while Duncan Robinson had to sit out the second half due to an illness. It was definitely tough for the Heat, but head coach Erik Spoelstra was not having any of this pity party.

“Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us,” Spoelstra added. “Nobody cares what any particular team is going through and everybody is going through something. We had guys out tonight, so it’s a heavier workload for Jimmy and Bam, for sure, and I thought we really competed. We weren’t able to get some key stops at key moments.”

Miami continues to hold on to the seventh spot in the East, with the eighth-seeded Charlotte Hornets just a couple of games away. Butler and Miami must turn it on ASAP if they want to skip the whole play-in debacle.