Jimmy Butler Heavily Criticizes Miami Heat’s Effort and Attitude After Loss to Orlando Magic

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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler was critical of his team after suffering a 105-85 loss to the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Butler blamed the Heat’s defense as the reason for their loss to the Magic as well as their loss to the Washington Wizards earlier in the week.

“Not offense,” Butler said in an interview via the Sun Sentinel. “I don’t think that will ever be our weak point in any game. We got to guard. I don’t think there’s any other way to say it.

“We can’t come into a game thinking we deserve to win. We should win. We don’t have to play hard. We don’t have to guard. We should just come in no matter our opponent, no matter where we’re playing, and do what the hell we’re supposed to do.”

Butler added that the back-to-back games (the Heat played against the Toronto Raptors the night before) had nothing to do with the Heat’s performance against the Magic.

“I think that whenever we’re making shots, we’re happy. We’re celebrating. We’re rah-rah-ing,” Butler said. “That’s not who we are because we gotta be able to rely on defense. I think UD (Udonis Haslem) says it the best, ‘That’s some frontrunning s—.’ Whenever you’re making shots and you get to celebrate, and then you’re up and you go down there and you get a stop.

“I didn’t see no celebrating nor any of that tonight. I saw a lot of low energy. Not doing what we’re supposed to be doing. Frowns, not competing and it’s all because we didn’t make shots.”

Though Butler was quick to point out that it was their defense that didn’t carry them through, the Heat’s offense wasn’t up to par as well. They shot a horrendous 7-of-37 from three-point range (18.9 percent) and 30-of-80 (37.5 percent) from the field overall.

The four-time All-Star did his part to try to keep the game from getting out of hand, but to no avail.

He scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. He did, however, turn the ball over a game-high six times.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.