Patrick Beverley Trashes Jimmy Butler, Implies He’s Intimidated by Kawhi Leonard'
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Patrick Beverley talked smack to Jimmy Butler on Twitter after the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Miami Heat 128-111 on Wednesday.

Beverley, who left the game after he reaggravated a nagging right groin injury, called out Butler for being “quiet as a church mouse” when matched up with Kawhi Leonard in their two meetings this season.

In contrast, Beverley pointed out how Butler talked trash against a “buddy” with the Indiana Pacers, who is more than likely forward T.J. Warren.

Butler and Warren were involved in a verbal and physical altercation during a Jan. 8 game that spilled over to social media afterward. Warren was ejected, but both players were fined by the league after a review.

In Wednesday’s tussle between two of the top teams in the league, Butler recorded 11 points, five rebounds and seven assists. He only played 26 minutes and had to leave the game after straining his right shoulder.

However, the Heat were able to contain Leonard, limiting the two-time NBA Finals MVP to only 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field.

Butler had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists during their first meeting of the season on Jan. 24, but the Heat lost the game, 122-117.

Leonard, on the other hand, had a triple-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.