Jimmy Butler to Joel Embiid: ‘I Know a Place Where Villains Are Welcome’

After Joel Embiid shushed Sixers following a big shot, former teammate Jimmy Butler informed him that he knows a place where “villains are welcome.”

Embiid agreed, but added that he remains very much committed to Philly.

Butler returned to Miami’s lineup Monday night, leading the Heat to a 113-101 road win against the Golden State Warriors with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Per The AP:

“We look like a totally different team when our max player is out there.” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said of Butler. “He makes it look a little bit smoother, a little bit more settled with our offense. The ball gets to the right places. He finds a way to get to the free throw line. All these things that are necessary when you want to win on the road.”

Butler was crisp after sitting out with a right shoulder strain he suffered against the Clippers on Feb. 5. The All-Star forward scored 13 points in the first half, shot 9 of 15 overall and had five assists to help the Heat end their three-game skid.

“That’s what my team needs me to do, be that way on both ends of the floor,” Butler said. “We have a couple of new guys that are just as effective as I am. It’s really great and it’s really fun to go out there and compete with them.”

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