Miami Heat star swingman Jimmy Butler isn’t very invested in checking the NBA standings and seeing what his team needs to do to improve its seeding.
Butler was asked Wednesday night if he is generally aware of conference standings. In short, he is not:
“I don’t care. I really don’t,” Butler said, via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “I don’t pay attention to it. I don’t be on the World Wide Web like that. So I can’t tell you who is where.”
Winning takes care of everything, of course. Butler seems like the type to embrace that methodology and focus exclusively on his team, the Heat.
The Heat have won three straight games after Butler ripped into the team for poor effort and being “soft” following a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 16.
Miami is seventh in the Eastern Conference, though Butler couldn’t care less. Still, the Heat do have a tremendous opportunity to improve their seeding ahead of the playoffs.
The middle of the Eastern Conference is quite crowded. The New York Knicks are the fourth seed, but have just a 1.5-game advantage over the Heat. Miami is just a half-game back of the Boston Celtics for the No. 6 spot and a full game back of the Atlanta Hawks for the fifth seed.
“Heat culture,” as well as Butler’s mindset, dictates Miami will be prepared to play anybody in the playoffs. What Butler should be concerned with, though, is the team’s offensive struggles.
The Heat rank 23rd in offensive rating and 24th in three-point percentage. They desperately need Tyler Herro to rediscover his “bubble” form. Better efficiency from Goran Dragic wouldn’t hurt, either.