Jimmy Butler Slams Blake Griffin, Says Pistons Star “Can’t Score On Me”
The statement came after teammate JJ Redick praised Butler’s play on both sides of the ball during his podcast. That night, Butler also hit the game-winning shot along with a clutch block.
But what Butler said next wasn’t as graceful. Reddick said, “The other night, second half, you had to guard Blake Griffin.”
“Locked that up. Blake can’t score on me. I don’t care what you say. You heard that, Blake. Ain’t worried about you,” Butler replied.
On Friday, the Sixers beat the Pistons 117-111. Butler was seen talking trash to Griffin and the two also got into a scuffle. Butler finished with a game-high 38 points and Griffin added in 28 points and pulled down 12 boards. The next time they faced off, Griffin sat out and Butler played only ten minutes. The two teams have finished their series for the season and won’t face off against each other unless it happens in the postseason. If the season ended today, the teams would play each other in the first round with the 76ers receiving home-field advantage.
It should be noted that Butler has a history of media manipulation. He said the statements on his new teammate’s podcast. He also tried to downplay the infamous Timberwolves practice in which he insulted his teammates as he tried to force a trade out. Later that day, he sat down with ESPN for a one-on-one interview.
Jimmy Butler says the most interesting detail from his infamous practice with the Wolves was never told …
… until now. pic.twitter.com/kRFpzf6DRo
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 11, 2018
“Philadelphia is already dysfunctional with Jimmy Butler. Houston an ugly 11-14. San Antonio is irrelevant. Then there were the Lakers. A deep, young roster that needed a centralized leader. LeBron’s always made the right decision.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/6oKc7gqmCF
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 11, 2018