But in the most important way it has increased as well.
"I feel comfortable because my teammates let me know I've been doing this for a long time," Butler said. "They tell me to be who I am."
Coach Tom Thibodeau also credited Butler with providing toughness and energy in a first-half stint "when the game was sort of going the other way." Butler continues to show development and maturity in his second season.
"Yes, my minutes have gone down, but I feel whenever I do go out there I make the most out of my minutes," he said.
Go-to guy: Boozer followed his season-high, 31-point performance in Orlando with 27 against the Heat. In the two games, he attempted 39 shots, including a season-high 22 in Orlando.
"Just Thibs coming to me and I'm playing off my teammates, trying to be aggressive," said Boozer, who lives in Miami in the offseason and had 70 friends and family in the stands. "I'm trying to make the most of my shots and be more efficient. I don't think I've been as efficient this season."
Boozer also contributed several hustle and defensive plays, stripping Chris Bosh late.
"That play where he dove on the ball, caught it, passed it to to Taj (Gibson) and Taj got fouled?" Joakim Noah said. "That was the play of the game. We outhustled them."
Checks and balances: Asked if Friday's victory transcended the typical regular-season variety, Kirk Hinrich grew philosophical.
"They all count the same," he said. "But if you can build on big wins like this and not take steps back, I think they can have big meaning. I'm not saying this is or isn't it, but in any season there are turning points. Wins like this can definitely give you momentum."