Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler said that slow starts are hurting the Miami Heat following their 117-106 loss to the Boston Celtics in game 3.
The Heat now lead the series 2-1.
"I think it gets old, playing from behind consistently," said Butler after the game.
The Heat have trailed by double-digits in all three games, including going down by 20 in game 3.
They were down by as many as 14 points in the fourth quarter of game 1, and 15 points in the third quarter of game 2.
"We've got to start the game how we start the fourth. feel like we're not the type of team where we can go through the motions and try and figure out everything in the first half, and then in the third or fourth, we just try to turn it on. It's not like that. We are not that type of team," said Adebayo following the loss.
Brad Stevens credited the Celtics' renewed aggression for the win.
Butler added that the Heat have to go back to basics for game 4.
"We didn't play hard enough. I think we didn't do anything that we said that we were going to do. We knew how they were going to attack us. We weren't helping each other. We weren't making an extra pass a lot of the times. We have to play basketball the way we have been playing the games that we have been winning. We understand that."