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Jimmy Butler reacts to Joel Embiid’s tweets about Game 1 performance

Jimmy Butler’s outstanding performance in the Miami Heat 115-104 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the teams’ second-round playoff series left the NBA world speechless, and rightfully so.

The Heat star’s incredible 40-point game on Monday night was so impressive that it even elicited praise from his former Philadelphia 76ers teammate, Joel Embiid.

Much more noteworthy, however, is that in an earlier tweet, Embiid also appeared to hint at regret over what could have been had Butler remained with the Sixers and not been shipped to the Heat in a sign-and-trade.

Both of Embiid’s tweets came near the conclusion of Monday’s Heat win, and Butler has since admitted that he did not initially see his former teammate’s social media dispatches, though he heard about the tweets later.

Asked about Embiid’s reaction during an interview with Sam Amick of The Athletic this week, Butler made it clear he will always hold Embiid in high regard. That being said, Butler is not one to dwell on the past.

“That’s my guy. Outside of basketball, I love that man to death,” Butler said of Embiid. “He knows that. I tell him every opportunity I get, and I appreciate him for making me a better player, a better leader, better at understanding so many different things.

“I talk to him all the time, and I tell him, ‘I wish you were still in the playoffs, because you deserve a championship.’ Because he works. He works at it, and that’s just my guy. Yeah, I saw it, and I know that he still wanted me to be on his team. And I still wanted to be teammates with him. Let’s not get that misunderstood. But here, with these guys, I’m not trading that for the world either.”

Interestingly enough, the events of this week is not the first time that activity on social media led to Embiid and Butler sharing the same storyline this season. As was the case in that instance, there’s much more smoke than fire this time around as well.

Reinforcing that notion is how Butler brushed away a question about what went wrong with the Sixers and why he didn’t remain with the team.

“Why aren’t I in Philly? Because me and Philly didn’t work out,” Butler said. “That’s why.”