Now that the Miami Heat has dropped their first two games of the year, star forward Jimmy Butler is aware of the exact cause: defence. Last season, Miami was one of the NBA’s top four defensive teams, only behind the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, and Phoenix Suns. However, they have already allowed their opponents to score more than 110 points in two of their games.
The Windy City team defeated the Chicago Bulls 116-108 in their season-opening setback. The Celtics were defeated 111-104 by Jayson Tatum and company on Friday.
Butler is asking his teammates to display the defensive toughness they take pride in because he knows it is their biggest weakness.
“We just know that our defensive play needs to be improved. We said it following the defeat in Chicago, and we’ll say it again following the defeat in Boston, but we don’t want to say it again when Toronto comes up the following day.
According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, Butler said, “We have to be more excited to play defence and get a stop, equal the energy that we put into the offence.
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The Heat is expected to be among the East’s top playoff contenders, but in order to succeed, they would better pay attention to Jimmy Butler.
Miami is already 0-2 on the season, and while their offence flourishing with Tyler Herro also stepping up, they need to address their defensive issues. They will have a tough test against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, and they’ll be hoping for a different outcome.