Tag: Jimmy Butler

Kyrie Lights up TD Garden in OT win over 76ers

Down by two with less than 30 seconds to go in regulation the Boston Celtics turned to their closer/superstar in Kyrie Irving. With Jimmy Butler playing air tight defense on him, Irving used his signature turn around fade away jumper to send the game into overtime. In overtime Irving would carry the Celtics to a 121-114, victory over Philadelphia, finishing the game with 40-points and 10-rebounds.

“I’m about used to it now,” said Marcus Morris, “when he first came, it was crazy. But some of the s— don’t even surprise me no more with how often he does it.”

It would be the second time in a Christmas Day match-up against a playoff opponent where Irving would lead his team to victory. In 2016, Irving hit a similar shot over Golden States Klay Thompson, to give Cleveland the victory. Even before the game Irving told his teammates he was going to be “acting up”, “I told my teammates, ‘My family is here to watch me play. I have 20-lpus people from my family here, so I’m acting up,” said Irving. “

“I don’t really get a chance to have family all in one place, and most my family came tonight, so it means a lot to me. To have them here on Christmas, I was like a kid…. its Christmas spirit, man, and I missed it.” 

To Embiid there is no Rivalry with Boston

The second meeting between these two teams ended in the same result as the Celtics once again overcame the Sixers in a thriller, Joel Embiid once again reiterated his comments that the Sixers and Celtics isn’t a rivalry. “We lost again. Like I said at the beginning of the season, I don’t know what a rivalry is. I think I do, but this is clear as day, this is no rivalry,” said Embiid.

Embiid first made those comment on opening night at Boston, when he said that he does not consider the Sixers and Celtics a rivalry because they always lose. Despite the loss, Embiid was still his usual self, notching 34-points and 16-rebounds.

Players and Coaches Praise Kyrie’s Performance

Even Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown had to praise Irving’s clutch performance, “Kyrie was elite tonight,” said Brown. “That’s what people, and there aren’t many, in his sort of weight class do.”

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Kyrie shows emotion after scoring a game high 40-points in a win over the Sixers. (Photo credit, NBC Sports)

For teammate Al Horford he’s glad Irving is now in his team and is doing it for their club, “I remember Kyle Korver when we played with Kyrie (in Cleveland), one of the things he told me was he makes shots in big moments,” Horford said. “He’s the guy that we would go to here, and it’s just great because Ky, taking those big shots, making the right play, just having the ball in his hands. It was a lot of fun. The crowd went crazy for the second (overtime 3-pointer). So just emotions running high.”

Irving is no stranger to big time moments, his 41-points in Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals to force Game 6, his 57-point performance against Greg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs in 2015 and who can forget his shot over Stephen Curry in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals that brought a championship to Cleveland.

“I always talk about being on those big stages, said Irving. “It’s just so much fun. It’s competition at its highest. I love going against the best.”

 

 

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Why Minnesota Came To The Decision to Finally Trade Jimmy Butler

According to ESPN Insider’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe, Minnesota Timberwolves’ President and Coach Tom Thibodeau came to the decision to finally trade Jimmy Butler after losing 5 straight games.

After devastating losses to the Kings, Lakers, Clippers, and Trailblazers, Thibodeau finally came to the realization that the team will accomplish nothing with Butler still present on the team. In light of everything, this trade did not help strengthen another Western Conference foe as Butler was sent to the Eastern Conference.

Butler was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this afternoon and the Timberwolves hope to turn their ship around in hopes of reaching the playoffs with their new talent on the team.

Trade details included:

Minnesota Timberwolves Receives

Robert Covington
Dario Saric
Jerryd Bayless
2022 Second Round Pick

Philadelphia 76ers Receives

Jimmy Butler
Justin Patton

Minnesota has agreed to this deal and hopes to have everything finalized by Monday.

Philadelphia will add the 4x all-star to their core big three featuring Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Minnesota will add on two outstanding role players in Saric and Covington to build around Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

It has been a long time coming for Jimmy Butler as during the summer he has made it known around the league that he was open to being traded from Minnesota. With all the drama surrounding Butler, Andrew Wiggins, and Karl Anthony Towns, Butler was more than likely going to be traded. Rumors and speculations had Butler being traded to the Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, or the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 76ers hope to make a deep playoff push with their new additions and Butler hopes to seek out a contract extension from the 76ers during the season. Philly can offer Butler a 5-year max contract while other teams can offer only 4 years.

 

 

NBA Trade: Butler Blockbuster Bolsters Sixers Core

The Details…

The Minnesota Timberwolves and Philadelphia 76ers reached an agreement on a major trade on Saturday that sent Superstar Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton to the Sixers in exchange for Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless, and a second-round draft pick in 2022.

The trade aids both sides — the Timberwolves receive a great deal of bench depth, as well as a high-ceiling youngster in Saric, and, as an added bonus, they no longer have to worry about sending Butler to a Western Conference rival. Philadelphia, on the other hand, finally get their hands on the star they’ve been looking for.

A big three of Embiid, Simmons, and Butler should send the Sixers soaring in Eastern Conference favorability, but they’ll have to work hard to get past Giannis and the Bucks, as well as Kawhi and the Raptors.

Philadelphia, Butler Already Talking Extension

There are also reports of discussion between Jimmy Butler and the Sixers about a multi-year extension, though no official talks are allowed to take place just yet.

Minnesota Timberwolves Feature #1: The (New) Beginning.

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The season has begun, and more eyes are on the Minnesota Timberwolves this season than ever. The pressure mounted on Minnesota leading to the NBA regular season. It is possible, in fact very likely, that the Timberwolves will be making their first playoff appearance since 2004 this season. Even though the Timberwolves are part of a stacked Western Conference, Minnesota has a strong roster, with multiple players that can perform on both sides of the ball. On top of their home-brewed talent in small forward Andrew WIggins and Center Karl-Anthony Towns, the acquisitions of shooting guard Jimmy Butler, point guard Jeff Teague and shooting guard Jamal Crawford have transitioned the team from the young team with the potential to a star-studded team ready to win now.

If you did not read the previous entry to the Minnesota Timberwolves feature, you can find it here:

Minnesota Timberwolves Feature #0: The History.

Season (So Far) In Review

Aldridge and Green

The Timberwolves began the regular season with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are a defensive-minded team that match up extremely well with the Timberwolves. Even without San Antonio’s star small forward Kawhi Leonard, the Spurs were able to win by eight, with good performances by power forward LaMarcus Aldridge and shooting guard Danny Green.

On the Minnesota side of things, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns were at the helm for the team. Jamal Crawford, Jeff Teague, and Jimmy Butler all made their presence known, but their inability to take care of the ball on offense and crash the boards on defense resulted in their loss to the Spurs.

Despite the loss, the Timberwolves still looked like a serious playoff contender, putting up a good fight against a stacked Spurs lineup. Two days later, Minnesota racked up their first win in a three-point victory over the Utah Jazz, thanks to a more even scoring distribution among their star players.

In their second huge test as a playoff team, the Timberwolves took on and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team with three legitimate stars, headlined by point guard and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. This two-point victory came after Andrew Wiggins hit a three-point shot with zeroes on the clock to win the game. On top of the game-winner, the entire starting lineup scored in double figures, including forward Taj Gibson, who also had 10 rebounds, racking up his first double-double of the season. The upset win over Oklahoma City cemented Minnesota’s presence in the Western Conference as a serious playoff contender, and not just hype from big-name offseason acquisitions.

After losing Jimmy Butler to illness for two games and dropping back-to-back games to the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, it had seemed that Minnesota had wasted the momentum of a big win against Oklahoma City. However, Butler’s return proved to be vital, as the Timberwolves defeated Oklahoma City once again, headed by Towns’ 33 points and 19 rebounds and Jimmy Butler’s first 20 point performance as a member of the Timberwolves.

Their second win against Oklahoma City was the first of five straight victories for Minnesota, bringing their record to 7-3 and among the top in the Western Conference. During this stretch, the starters and Jamal Crawford took turns dishing out big performances and contributing an overall team effort to string together important wins early on in the season.

Twolves Warriors

The winning streak came to an end in Minnesota’s first matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors, where the Timberwolves lost in a blowout. This came as no surprise, given that it is early in the season for the Timberwolves, and asking them to defeat the Warriors in their first meeting with a new team is a tall order. However, an eight-point defeat to the struggling Phoenix Suns had shown a gaping hole in Minnesota’s game that was pointed out by Jimmy Butler: defense. The Timberwolves had let up 35 points to both Devin Booker and TJ Warren, players who are by no means superstars, especially Warren. This comes as a shock when looking at the fact that this Minnesota squad is coached by Tom Thibodeau, one of the better defensive minded coaches in the game today. This loss will presumably serve as a wake-up call for Minnesota, and hopefully, help them get back on track defensively in order to truly contend come playoff time.

Where Were they This Point in 2003-04?

TWolves 2004

Through 12 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were in the same spot as this team is now. The team was 7-5, led by their homegrown star forward Kevin Garnett and newly acquired guard/forward Latrell Sprewell, very similar to the success of Karl-Anthony Towns, a homegrown forward and newly acquired guard Jimmy Butler.  Unlike this year’s team, the Timberwolves found themselves in the seventh seed, which slightly more uncomfortable than the sixth seed the Timberwolves presently reside.

What’s in Store for Next Week?

The Timberwolves have four games slated for next week, highlighted by their second matchup against the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday and a game against the surprisingly hot Detroit Pistons on Sunday. From a Minnesota perspective, it would be desirable to win half of the games they have this week, preferably to have one of those come against the Spurs or Pistons. This week will be a true test for a struggling Minnesota defense, and at least a pair of stellar defensive performances can convince fans that this team is truly scary.