Jimmy Butler doesn’t know if he’s the optimum recipient of trash-talk.

The Celtics had a 96-87 lead with 6:22 remaining in Recreation 2 when Boston’s Grant Williams acquired in Butler’s face.

When it was all mentioned and accomplished Butler scored 9 factors within the the rest of the sport, which the Warmth received 111-105 at TD Backyard on Saturday evening, to take an inconceivable 2-0 lead again to Miami within the Jap Convention finals.

“It makes me key in much more and it pushes that can that I’ve to win much more,” Butler informed reporters after the sport.

“It makes me smile. It does, when individuals discuss to me. I’m like, ‘OK, I do know I’m an honest participant if you wish to discuss to me out of everybody you possibly can discuss to.’ It’s competitors. I do respect him, although. He’s a giant a part of what they’re making an attempt to do. He switches [on defense]. He can shoot the ball.

“I simply don’t know if I’m the very best particular person to speak to.”

Butler was additionally requested by a reporter if Williams was the reply to him on protection.

Jimmy Butler mused that he doesn’t ‘know if I’m the appropriate particular person to speak to’ after getting taunted by Grant Williams.
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“Hell nah,” Butler answered. “He wasn’t.”

Williams additionally defined his facet of the alternate after the sport.

“I feel he mentioned one thing and I simply responded,” Williams mentioned. “For me, I’m a competitor. I’m gonna battle, he acquired the very best of me tonight and on the finish of the day it’s out of respect.”

Williams’ teammate, Jaylen Brown, was requested by a reporter if Williams “made a mistake poking the bear.”

Brown had a succinct reply: “Subsequent query.”

There have been differing reactions within the commentariat about how a lot blame Williams deserves for the Celtics’ collapse.

“Individuals blaming [Coach Joe] Mazzula, Brown, [Jayson] Tatum and so forth. Saying Grant performed nicely blah, blah blah. Doesn’t matter,” tweeted Barstool Sports activities founder and big Celtics fan Dave Portnoy. “Recreation was by no means unsure in my thoughts until Williams acquired into it with Butler. You simply can’t try this. You may’t have bench guys begin wars with superstars. It’s the legislation of sports activities.”

Jimmy Butler and Grant Williams go at it throughout Recreation 2 of the Jap Convention finals on Saturday.

Ringer founder Invoice Simmons had a special opinion.

“Hanging that loss on Grant Williams is ridiculous,” Simmons tweeted. “The ‘he woke Jimmy up’ individuals have to get the F out of right here. Jimmy has accomplished that each one playoffs. And the Celts have blown that actual sport like 15-16 instances this season. They get out-thought and out-executed in 4Q by any good staff.”