Jimmy Butler’s 2-word take sums up Heat woes
The Miami Heat continue on their downward spiral as they absorbed a loss against the injury-depleted Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. Veteran swingman Jimmy Butler didn’t mince his words as he summed up the level of his team’s performance in a two-word oxymoron: “consistently inconsistent”, per Anthony Chiang.
Jimmy Butler: "We're actually really consistently inconsistent, if you really want to be honest."
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) April 24, 2021
Indeed, the Heat have yet to figure out the right formula with less than 15 games left to play in the 2020-21 season. Head coach Erik Spoelstra and his men could’ve had a chance to snag a much-needed win against the Hawks as they entered the game without their top players in Trae Young and Clint Capela who were both sidelined due to their respective injuries.
Despite the situation, the Heat still couldn’t capitalize as they played with a loose defense while also failing to make their shots on the other end of the floor. In fact, Miami only made a total of three field goals in the final frame to account for 14 fourth-quarter points which ultimately led them to suffer a 118-103 rout from Atlanta.
Kendrick Nunn topped the Heat in scoring with 21 points while Butler added 19 points and seven rebounds of his own. With the loss, the team fell to a 31-29 record which now puts them in a rocky spot at the seventh seed of the Eastern Conference.
Jimmy Butler and the Heat would have to turn things around as soon as possible if they want another shot at making a long run in the upcoming postseason. However, it would definitely entail a huge effort from them as they continue to work on their inconsistencies in order to improve their level of play on the floor.