Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler admitted his team got relaxed after reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo reinjured his right ankle early in the second quarter of Game 4. Facing an elimination, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Heat 118-115 after overtime to reduce the deficit to 3-1 -- all without having Antetokounmpo in the entire second half.
"Well, it shouldn't affect ours, but I think that we relaxed a little bit," Butler said when asked if the Heat's play changed after the Bucks' big man exited, per ESPN. "And we stopped playing basketball the right way.
We stopped guarding. We stopped living by our defensive principles. We weren't getting 50-50 balls. We were getting outrebounded. It was just all bad." Heat center Bam Adebayo admitted the team put up a much better effort in the opening three games.
"I feel like we played like we were up 3-0," Adebayo said. "That's not giving enough effort, not sacrificing our body, and we ended up losing because we were up 3-0. They're a good team. So at the end of the day, we should have played like we were in Game 1, Game 2 and Game 3 ...
I feel like we didn't play a maximum effort the whole game." Heat forward Crowder also believed the team lacked something. "We didn't have the mentality just to take the win," Crowder said. "I don't know if Giannis going out was a dictative factor for us, but we just didn't have the same mentality."
Butler said the Heat didn't deserve to win
Butler scored 17 points and it wasn't enough from him. "I just got to be stronger with the ball, hold on to the ball," Butler said. "That's fine. On to the next play, and I think we did a great job of that.
We just didn't win the game. There were way too many things that we did wrong that we just can't let happen," Butler said. Butler says he will be fine for Game 5. "Nah, I'm cool," Butler said. "We didn't deserve to win that game.
We didn't play our type of basketball. That play is just another play out of so many. They call that a foul or whatever -- something else bad probably would happen the way that we were playing tonight. So we just [need to] be better and not have to rely on one call to change the game."