And now the Heat get angry Jimmy Butler, 'We've got to man up'

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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"I'm gonna figure this out," Butler said.

Starting with a demand for accountability.

"If somebody is beat -- it does happen, this is the best league in the world -- you got to be there," he said of the Heat's defensive tenets. "But a lot of the times, you've just got to man up and then you just got to stay in front of the ball. But it's a little bit of both.

"A lot more effort has to go into it. A lot more want-to -- you've got to take it personal when somebody scores on you."

On the opposite side of the locker room, veteran forward James Johnson had attempted to put the situation into perspective.

"It's good," he said, "it's good for us to finally see the things that are catching up to us."

Butler wouldn't hear of it, the notion that such losses in January could prepare the Heat come the significant games of March, April and then the playoffs.


"Nope," he said. "I don't like to lose. We don't like to lose. This doesn't benefit us."

Center Bam Adebayo clearly is in agreement about the urgency aspect with the team's defense.

"That ain't no scheme; you've got to make multiple efforts," Adebayo said. "It's not Xs and Os. It's staying in front of your man. And we've been lacking in that department."

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