Miami Heat turned back the clock last season when they qualified for the finals. Jimmy Butler led his side to the finals before getting bested by the Los Angeles Lakers. However, they have not found that rich vein of form which led them so far last season. Subsequently, they have an atrocious record of 13 wins and 17 losses since the start of this season and are tenth in the Eastern Conference standings.
In a conversation with ESPN, Jimmy Butler did not seem pleased with his team’s performance. Players like Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson, who were so influential in their title charge have not found form. Moreover, Butler’s coming down with Covid-19 did not help their cause as he missed ten crucial games.
Jimmy Butler on Miami Heat’s performance:
In the interview, Butler was asked about the differences between last season and this one. He was also asked to comment upon some of the more recent performances. “Terrible. Terrible. Just terrible. Not the way that we say we want to play. Not the way we’re supposed to be playing. But it’s okay because we will turn it around. And like the saying says, ‘better late than never.”
Covid-19 restricted Heat’s charge to some extent. Butler being sidelined for 10 games resulted in the Heat winning two and losing eight in that time. Having said that, Butler’s return also did not seem to change anything as the Heat won nine and lost eight when he was on the court.
Should we write Miami Heat off this season?
Last season, Miami Heat had a phenomenal winning percentage of .603. This season, a plethora of reasons have prevented them from recapturing their form. If Jimmy Butler’s words are any indication, then the best of Heat is yet to come. The NBA playoffs start on 22nd May, so Butler and company have plenty of time to steady the course.
There have been some signs of a possible turnaround, such as their 96-94 win tonight against the Los Angeles Lakers. Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro have started finding their feet in games and Butler has been pragmatic as ever. Coach Erik Spoelstra has a lot to think about in his attempt to get his team back to winning ways. But the championship mentality is bound to kick in at some point and Miami Heat will be back in their groove.