Miami Heat veteran Udonis Haslem gets ejected just three minutes into his season debut amid an altercation with Philly’s Dwight Howard.
On Thursday night, Jimmy Butler and his Heat team hosted the Joel Embiid-led Philadelphia 76ers at the AmericanAirlines Arena. As everyone expected it to be, it was a pretty well-fought match, with the last year’s NBA Finalists upsetting the Sixers 106-94.
It was All-Star Jimmy Butler who finished with a game-high 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while going 4/4 from beyond the arc, finishing the game with an incredible +/- of +15. The tough Miami defense even managed to restrict Joel Embiid to a mere 6-point outing.
In a much-needed win for the Miami Heat, it was the 18-year-veteran Udonis Haslem who headlined for the wrong reason. Playing his season debut in the 70th game of this campaign, Haslem managed to get ejected just after three minutes of playing time.
When Philadelphia center Dwight Howard dragged down Udonis on the floor for a rebound, the three-time champion lost his temper. This led Haslem to point fingers, threatening and exchanging a few words with Howard, resulting in two quick technicals for the 40-year-old.
“Don’t put Haslem in the game, he’s looking to fight”: Jimmy Butler
Haslem left the game with an incredibly funny stat-line – 4 points, 1 rebound, 100% Field Goal, 2 technicals and 1 ejection in 3 minutes of play. There was a chuckle amongst the Heat bench knowing their veteran was tossed out of the game in less than three minutes of play. Miami President Pat Riley too was noticed laughing as Udonis left the floor.
Udonis Haslem came in for 3 min, dropped 4 points and got ejected. Legend.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 14, 2021
Postgame, Jimmy Butler had a hilarious reaction to Haslem’s ejection, saying:
“Don’t put OG in the game because he’s looking to fight.”
Heat forward, Bam Adebayo too had a pretty funny reaction calling the 6-foot-8 forward “crazy”. Bam added:
“I was like, this mother f*** is crazy. It was like, you can’t get tossed in the first four minutes. How long was he in the game? Four minutes? Three minutes and you get tossed? I said, ‘OG you taught me a lot, but you never really taught me to get tossed in like three minutes. It was kind of like a big brother moment, but I got to be big bro this time, you know? So it was a good moment for me.”
Defeating Philly, Miami is now on a four-game winning streak. Placed currently 5th on the Eastern Conference, the Heat have a 39-31 record. They have successfully clinched a playoffs spot avoiding the newly-added controversial play-in tournament.