Jimmy Butler dismisses injury concerns after poor Game 4 outing

Butler didn't have a great game and the Heat ended up losing easily Game 4 versus the Celtics.

by Dzevad Mesic
Jimmy Butler dismisses injury concerns after poor Game 4 outing

Jimmy Butler didn't enjoy a great performance in Game 4 but refused to make any excuses after the Miami Heat suffered a 20 point loss in Boston. The Heat had a chance to take a 3-1 lead with themselves back to Miami but the Boston Celtics had other plans as they cruised past the Heat 102-82 to tie the series to two wins apiece.

In Game 3, Butler played 19 minutes in the first half before the team's medical team decided to shut him down for the rest of the game because of a knee inflammation. Butler logged in 27 minutes in Game 4 but was nowhere near his playoff averages as he finished with just six points and seven rebounds.

After the game, Butler wasn't interested in making any excuses for his or the Heat's performance. "I'm straight," Butler said, per ESPN. "No excuse for how I played tonight. It [doesn't have anything] to do with my knee. I've just got to be better.

I will be better. I'm not too worried about it."

Butler confident the Heat will bounce back in Game 4

The Heat got off to a bad start to Game 4 and they never really recovered. The Celtics had an 18-1 lead, before they opened a 26-4 lead.

Falling down by over 20 early on was a difficult thing to overcome and the Heat now head back to Miami hoping to play much better in Game 5. "Keep the game extremely simple," Butler said of having confidence in being able to improve offensively.

"Whenever we tend to do that, we tend to play well. When anybody tries to hit a home run and do it by themselves, we kind of get in trouble. Ball sticks. We turn the ball over. We take a bad shot. We just need to do everything together like we've been doing all year long. "It will be on myself, on Kyle, on Bam to make sure that we make that happen."

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