Miami Heat star forward Jimmy Butler stood up for his teammate Duncan Robinson against the Oklahoma City Thunder and sent the message to the entire league that he won't allow anyone mess with his teammates. Thunder guard Paul purposely hit Heat's Robinson with the ball, after having managed a steal on an inbound pass, and then had some words for the rising Heat star.
Butler noticed everything and, while he was driving to the rim in the second quarter, the Heat forward straight up ran into Paul, slamming him with his elbow and shoulder. "I just don’t like you picking on my young fellas like that.
I feel like you didn’t have to do that. That was like an eye for an eye,” Butler told Rachel Nichols on The Jump, as quoted on Eurohoops. “I don’t care. I don’t need friends here in the bubble. I barely leave my room.
I’m in my room minding my business. I’m not going to see nobody. I think it’s tough having to play somebody that you’re going to have to walk by on the way to testing or to a meeting or to a practice or something like that."
Butler underlines there won't be much love for opposing teams and players in the playoffs
The Heat are set to meet the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. "You’re going to get a mean mug here and there, maybe a couple of words, definitely from some players that’ll still be in the playoffs.
I don’t know, maybe there’s some part of it that the world doesn’t get to see. But it’s for sure going to happen," Butler acknowledged. "A high level of competition. I’ll keep it at that for now and keep it at basketball.
I know that I have a job to do just like he has a job to do. But I know that the group of guys that we have, we’re going to make sure that our job gets done." The Heat have won three NBA titles and Butler hopes this year's Heat team could make a deep run in this year's playoffs.
"I think it’ll happen. Only time will tell. I’m telling you, the organization is really good at getting what they want to win a championship. It’s gonna happen. We have all the key pieces. We have shooters. We got the youth. We got the vets. And I think, a little Miami sunshine never hurt anybody”.