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“Kelly Oubre Jr We Throwing Hands”: Jimmy Butler Calls Out 76ers Forward After Being Ruled Out For Crucial Heat-Bulls Play-In

Sourav Bose

"Kelly Oubre Jr We Throwing Hands": Jimmy Butler Calls Out 76ers Forward After Being Ruled Out For Crucial Heat-Bulls Play-In

The playoff hopes of the Miami Heat came to a halt following their 104-105 play-in tournament defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers. However, the franchise will receive the opportunity to fulfil its dream in tonight’s 8th-seed clash against the Chicago Bulls. Amidst the anticipation of the play-in game, the team’s talisman, Jimmy Butler, made the headlines for unprecedented reasons. The 34-year-old openly called out the 76ers forward, Kelly Oubre Jr, after being ruled out for the upcoming clash.

The situation circled a first-quarter sequence from the previous game, leading to Butler’s injury. Following a pump fake layup attempt from the Heat forward, Oubre Jr elevated to block the shot. It led to the latter eventually falling on the right knee of Jimmy Buckets. The momentum and body weight of the 76ers forward evidently caused the 6x All-Star immediate damage as he struggled to get up.

It led to concerns among the fans before the Heat added volume to it. They provided an update on Instagram, stating, “Jimmy Butler (right MCL sprain) has been ruled out of Friday night’s play-in game vs the Bulls”. Considering that the injury results in pain on the inside of the patient’s knee alongside swelling and instability, Butler could be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Hence, even if the Heat defeats the Bulls, the franchise may miss out on the services of their talisman in the playoffs.

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This situation undoubtedly frustrated the NBA star as he called out his opponent publicly. To express his feelings, the Texas-born commented on the Heat’s latest Instagram post, “Kelly Oubre Jr, we throwing hands”.

It paved the way for an interesting NBA matchup in the East for the upcoming seasons. With two of the conference giants colliding, these two players could have a lot to say in their future games.

At the same time, Butler has been a person of confrontational nature throughout his career. Hence, his warning might have been nothing more than just his expression of frustration as a veteran of his status could opt for self-control in those moments.

The injury of Jimmy Butler means way more to the Miami Heat

The Bulls come across as a massive obstacle in the playoff dream of the Heat. The Chicago organization kick-started their postseason with a dominating 131-116 scoreline against the Atlanta Hawks. Coby White scored a career-high 42 points while Nikola Vucevic recorded 12 rebounds, as per CBS Sportsto turn the momentum in their team’s favor. They aim to make the same happen in the upcoming clash to ensure revenge for last year’s play-in heartbreak.

Thus, the absence of Butler further puts the Heat in a disadvantageous position. After all, the franchise will now need to find a way to make up for his 20.8 points per gameThis remains a daunting task for them as the roster seemingly lacks personalities to sustain this stat line collectively. On top of that, the organization will fail to benefit from his on-court presence and playoff experience.

These scenarios certainly turn the Bulls into the favorites while putting the tag of underdogs on the Heat. However, all hopes are not lost yet. The Heat has an impressive track record of defying the odds under Erik Spoelstra. Hence, the fans will be praying for yet another masterstroke from their head coach as they expect for a longer postseason.

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Sourav Bose

Sourav Bose


Sourav, a seasoned NBA journalist at the SportsRush, discovered his profound love for basketball through the brilliance of Stephen Curry and Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors. With over 600 articles in his career, he has established himself as a dedicated and prolific writer in the field. Influenced by 'The Last Dance' documentary and the anime 'Slam Dunk,' Sourav's passion for basketball is marked by insightful observations and a comprehensive understanding of the sport's history. Beyond his role as a journalist, he delves into the strategic dimensions of sports management and explores literature in his spare time, reflecting a well-rounded approach to his craft. Sourav's journey is characterized by a commitment to unraveling the intricacies of basketball and sports in general, making him a reliable source for NBA enthusiasts and a seasoned observer of the sports landscape.

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