What a rough, challenging weekend it was for fans of the Miami Heat.
Heading into Friday’s Game 3 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami was up 2-0 in the series and looked to possibly close things out by Sunday evening.
Now the series is tied 2-2 and the Heat are showing some serious weaknesses in their game.
The 76ers have evened the series and stand a chance to surprisingly win it all.
But don’t blame Jimmy Butler for the team’s problems.
Jimmy Butler just keeps taking over offensively
He needs some form of a supporting cast right now
— Brady Hawk (@BradyHawk305) May 9, 2022
Butler put up 40 points in Sunday’s Game 4 loss.
That was definitely a team-high total.
In fact, only Bam Adebayo came close to Butler with 21 points.
That led Heat writer Brady Hawk to point out that “Butler keeps taking over offensively” but needs a “supporting cast right now.”
Can the team turn it around?
It’s not shocking to see Butler being the biggest player on the Heat.
However, it is surprising to see so few players on his squad stepping up to help him out.
The team has gotten this far in the postseason because they have a next man up mentality.
When one player has issues, another steps up and does what he must to help the team win.
But you didn’t see a lot of that in Games 3 and 4.
Kyle Lowry has been of particular concern for the Heat.
After missing several games due to injury, he hasn’t come back with authority.
In Game 4, he only scored 6 points.
But that beat his Game 3 total of zero points scored.
Butler is comfortable dominating on the floor but it’s time some other guys are as well.