Jimmy Butler on Heat at the break: 'We're not where we want to be'

Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel on

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MIAMI -- For the Miami Heat the next week is about decompressing and then re-engaging.

Decompressing from the 1-4 western swing by celebrating at All-Star Weekend the individual accomplishments of the first part of the schedule.

Then re-engaging when practice resumes Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena, followed by the stretch run for playoff seeding.

"We're not a bad team, but we're not where we want to be at, just yet," forward Jimmy Butler said of the 35-19 record the Heat hold at the break. "That's OK. I think moving forward we just continue to get better and figure out a way to win games, especially on the road. It'll happen."

That is the sentiment of the coaching staff, as well.

"We're going to all unplug and take our minds off of this," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We have a nice representation in Chicago. That feels different. The head coach may actually watch some of the events this year. I'm excited about it.


"And we're excited about our team. Nobody wants to go 1-4 on the road trip. But, you know, it doesn't take the eternal optimist to see that there are some good things going on in this locker room."

Butler will be joined by center Bam Adebayo in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. Duncan Robinson will be in the 3-point contest and Derrick Jones Jr. in the dunk contest on All-Star Saturday, when Adebayo will be in the skills challenge.

Before that, Kendrick Nunn will represent the Heat in the Rising Stars game, an event Tyler Herro will miss due to injury, but still attend.

Asked what it meant to have such a sizable contingent at All-Star Weekend, Butler said, "That you deserve it. That you're becoming a household name, and it's because of winning.


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