Luka Doncic has officially made it.
Jimmy Butler had a big game for the Miami Heat in their 137-106 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night. He scored a season-high 38 points and did it all in three quarters.
In his postgame interview, Butler said he “felt like Luka (Doncic) out there.”
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban liked Butler’s reference to Doncic and tweeted about it.
Doncic has been out with an ankle injury but is averaging 28.8 points per game for Dallas this season. He has made quick work of his opponents on numerous occasions, and even put up a historic performance in a single quarter earlier this year.
When your name is cited as the benchmark for dominance, you know you’ve made it.
Jimmy Butler is the leader of a top-four team in the league, and his head coach thinks that should have counted for more in an All-Star context.
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said on Friday that it was “a joke” Butler was not voted as a starter for the Eastern Conference in this year’s All-Star Game, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.
Starting for the East instead are Boston’s Kemba Walker and Atlanta’s Trae Young in the backcourt along with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto’s Pascal Siakam, and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid in the frontcourt.
Butler, meanwhile, has done a little bit of everything this year for the Heat, averaging 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. The result to this point has been a 31-13 season for Miami, placing them second in the East and in a tie for the third-best record in the league.
Fortunately, Butler is still a virtual lock to make the team as a reserve, and he probably thinks that another Heat player should be selected as well.
Jimmy Butler did not hold back one bit about his disdain for TJ Warren after the two of them got into it during Wednesday’s game.
In the third quarter of the Miami Heat’s 122-108 win over the Indiana Pacers, Butler and Warren traded words after a hard foul and had to be separated.
Once play resumed, Warren was ejected for taunting Butler following an offensive foul. That led to Butler blowing kisses to Warren, and Warren responding by giving him the middle finger.
After the game, Butler lit into Warren like a Christmas tree.
“To me, I think it’s tough for him because I can guard him and he can’t guard me,” said Butler, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. “Because at the end of the day, that’s what it comes down to. Like I said, I think you just gotta watch your mouth in certain situations. There’s some s— that you just don’t say as a man. He gotta see me the next time because I feel like what he said was truly disrespectful. And it’s all good cuz we see him again.
“I ain’t scared of nobody,” Butler continued. “So he talking about, ‘We gonna fight,’ this, that, this, that. It is what it is … He’s soft, he’s soft, he’s not even in my f—ing league. Like, nowhere near me. If I was their coach, I would never put him on me ever again. Like, no. Put somebody else on me because I’m gonna tear his a– up every time … He can’t do nothing with me. Like when I say that he’s trash, I mean that. He’s not in my league. I take it as disrespect if you ever put him on me.”
The Heat next play the Pacers on Mar. 20 in Miami, but for now, it looks like Butler did Warren even dirtier than he did Trae Young.
The Miami Heat are looking like a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference, and Jimmy Butler may not even be the biggest reason for that. Butler has done what most expected of him, but the leap made by Bam Adebayo is the biggest story out of Miami.
That is clearly not lost on Butler.
Following Wednesday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers, Butler was asked about the belief that a team needs two or three star players to win in the NBA. The reporter noted that the Heat are 20-8 despite having only “one star,” but Butler made sure to give Adebayo a shoutout.
Butler is averaging 20.9 points to go along with a career-high 6.8 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game. He is Miami’s best all-around player and certainly the most recognizable, but Adebayo has played an equally — if not more — important role. The third-year big man is having a breakout season with averages of 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
The Heat currently have the third-best record in the East behind only the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics. Butler has been trying to tell people all season that they aren’t going anywhere, and he realizes he’s not the only reason for that.
Jimmy Butler trolled Trae Young after the Miami Heat’s comeback win over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night.
Young assisted on a layup by Alex Len with 59.9 seconds remaining to give the Hawks a 117-111 win over the Heat. After the basket, Young made a motion with his arms and said “it’s over.”
You can guess what happened next. The Heat made a couple of threes, including one by Butler to tie the game and send it to overtime. and Miami obliterated Atlanta 18-4 in the extra period to win 135-121.
Naturally, Butler went on Instagram afterwards and trolled Young.
“this man @traeyoung is a teller of the future. he was right. game WAS over!” Butler wrote.
Young at least tried to play it cool on Twitter.
A loss like that will probably only add to the frustration Young has reportedly been feeling.
The Miami Heat are off to an excellent start in a season in which many were unsure of what to expect from them, and Jimmy Butler insists the results are not a fluke.
After Butler scored 21 points in Miami’s 124-100 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night, he told reporters that the Heat are not going to be surprising opponents for very long. He believes the 10-3 start shows they’re “for real.”
Butler has obviously helped turn the Heat into a contender in the Eastern Conference, but the big story so far has been the leap third-year big man Bam Adebayo has taken. The former No. 14 overall pick is averaging a double-double with 13.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He’s also making a major impact with his tremendous defense.
Miami won just 39 games last year and missed the playoffs, and the belief from many was that trading for Butler wouldn’t be enough to get them over the hump. If Adebayo and others continue to step up, it just might be. The East is top heavy after Kawhi Leonard left the Toronto Raptors in free agency, so there’s no reason the Heat can’t compete for a top seed.
The Philadelphia 76ers seemingly wanted to keep Jimmy Butler when he became a free agent last year, but things went sour between Butler and the organization at some point.
Butler alluded to a behind-the-scenes issue with the Sixers that helped lead him to joining the Miami Heat this past offseason, but wouldn’t go into detail.
“Stuff just don’t work out. Nobody knows what really went on in Philly and we’re going to leave it that way,” Butler told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. “But it was a great opportunity for me.
“Just go with your gut. You’re not dumb. All of that will come out whenever it’s time. Right now is not the time. I’m locked in with this. I’m happy, man. I’m smiling and my guys want me to be here, my organization wants me to be here, I want to be here and we’re going to ride this thing until the wheels fall off. I’m not saying Philly wasn’t great, man. We had some really good players. I talk to Joel [Embiid] damn near every f—–g day. It’s a brotherhood, man. I love that guy. I’m going to always have his back and I know he’ll always have mine.”
It’s anyone’s guess what the issue was. One thing reported at the time was that Butler wanted a five-year max and the Sixers didn’t even come close to offering it, so it could be as simple as that. Butler wants to be respected and can be a bit touchy over perceived slights, so a lot of things could have happened behind the scenes to rub the forward the wrong way.
Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns became the talk of the NBA on Wednesday night when they were ejected for their on-court scuffle, but many people were more interested in the social media fight that followed. While the two big men traded a lot of standard trash talk, Embiid may have also gotten very personal with Towns.
If you followed all the drama that went on with the Minnesota Timberwolves early last season, you may recall some rumors about Towns not wanting to sign an extension with the team unless Butler were gone. Black Sports Online had a summary of it at the time, but the gist of it was that Butler had an intimate relationship with a woman who was dating Towns. Around the time the alleged hookup took place, Towns and his girlfriend stopped posting about each other on social media.
Here’s what one Instagram user claimed he was told from “someone in the organization.”
Of course, there’s no way to confirm any of that. However, the rumors picked up enough steam that Towns felt the need to shoot them down.
Fast-forward to Wednesday night. As you know, Butler was traded from Minnesota to the Philadelphia 76ers last season. When Embiid was unloading on Towns on Instagram, one of the things he said was, “That’s why you were treated like a b—- by you know who. I ain’t gonna put your business out (but) I got the facts about you.”
It seemed like Embiid was saying Butler told him all about Towns, and most would agree he was alluding to the girlfriend rumors.
Embiid and Towns have long had problems with each other, largely owing to their status as top big men in the game. In December 2017, Embiid rubbed it in on social media after getting a win over Towns’ Timberwolves, which led to a response from Towns. Then when the teams met again in March last year, Embiid took another shot at Towns. If Embiid was alluding to the girlfriend rumors, the rivalry just got a little more personal.
Jimmy Butler offered a funny remark about life at home with a newborn at home following his season debut on Tuesday night.
Butler made his first regular season appearance for the Miami Heat in the team’s 112-97 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. He missed the Heat’s first three games of the season following the birth of his daughter.
Following the Heat’s win, Butler was asked if he will be heading home to “bottles and diapers.” Butler’s response was neither — he said he would be having wine instead.
Butler scored 21 points in his debut to go along with five rebounds and three steals.
During the playoffs earlier this year, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet went on a roll following the birth of his son. Maybe Butler will ride the wave of newborn to a big season.
Jimmy Butler’s Miami Heat debut will have to wait for some strange reasons.
Butler has been ruled out of Miami’s regular season opener against the Memphis Grizzlies for personal reasons. Coach Erik Spoelstra assured the media that everything was “fine” and there were no significant issues with Butler.
This one really came out of the blue and there is very little information behind the call. Whatever the issue is can’t be completely minor if Butler is sitting out a game because of it, but at the moment, it doesn’t sound significant. There’s no reason to believe he’s disgruntled in any way, either — after all, this is where he wanted to play. Presumably, we’ll hear more soon, but the wait for Butler’s Heat debut will go a little longer.