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PHILADELPHIA — 76ers swingman Jimmy Butler called for a towel Tuesday night following some unexpected perspiration, because it occurred under the unforgiving heat coming from the lights and cameras in the media room instead of on the court while dispatching his latest former team.
In a game that was supposed to feature some animosity and bad blood between Butler’s Philadelphia 76ers and the
franchise he torched on the way out the door, the Minnesota Timberwolves packed their Purple Rain jerseys but left
their pride somewhere in Minneapolis. They should’ve been looking forward to this game since the day Butler was
mercifully moved from Minnesota to Philadelphia, but they looked as if they’d rather be anywhere else than
competing against their old teammate.
“It was like a regular Chicago practice,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson, also Butler’s teammate in Chicago ,
told Yahoo Sports about that day. “In Chicago, we competed and challenged each other all the time. It was all love. He was trying to get guys better. I didn’t look at it any other way.”
On Tuesday night, he did it in front of 20,000 fans and was switched onto Towns on a few occasions — although this time he didn’t storm off the floor barking, “You need me!” as he did during that fateful practice.
But no one would’ve blamed him if he did, as the lifeless Timberwolves didn’t put up much of a fight in a game that saw them give up 83 points in the first half. To make matters worse, it wasn’t even Butler leading the charge .
He was content to let the game come to him, scoring 19 points on just 10 field goal attempts in 28 easy minutes, watching Embiid dominate Towns and Ben Simmons come close to yet another triple-double.