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Lou Williams to Jimmy Butler over sitting out All-Star Game: ‘Serious bruh?’

Jimmy Butler opted to sit out of the 2018 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night, citing fatigue and the need for rest before the Minnesota Timberwolves continue their run at notching a playoff berth. One individual in particular took issue with Butler’s decision: Los Angeles Clippers star Lou Williams.

Butler was only an observer as a member of Stephen Curry’s squad as it lost to Team LeBron by a score of 148-145 in what was an enjoyable All-Star Game. Williams, who previously complained about being snubbed of a spot in the game, took to Twitter to directly question Butler over his decision not to play.

Butler cited the need to be fresh for the Minnesota’s final 21 games when explaining the decision to sit out the game. The T’Wolves (36-25) currently occupy the fourth seed in the loaded Western Conference, although the ninth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers (30-26) — Williams’ squad, no less — only sit 3.5 games back.

“Just rest, man,” Butler said, via the Star Tribune. “I got to rest. I got to rest my body up. I know this Timberwolves season is very, very important to me. I’ve got to be ready to roll when I get back there.”

It warrants mentioning that Butler is averaging 36.8 minutes per game, per ESPN, which is tied for fifth-most in the league. Although that’s hardly surprising given Butler’s productivity along with Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau’s penchant for overplaying his starters.

It makes sense — at least from Butler’s perspective — to remain focused on the T’Wolves’ playoff push. However, it’s understandable a player like Williams — who conceivably could have taken Butler’s spot at the All-Star Game — is slightly put off by the Wolves star accepting an invite to the game and then deciding not to play.