Jimmy Butler Explains Why He Started Talking Trash to Indiana Pacers Coach in Game 1

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The Miami Heat took Game 1 of their first-round series against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, winning 113-101 behind a big game from Jimmy Butler.

After the win, the Heat star claimed that a Pacers coach was “yapping” at him on the court throughout the game.

Butler was visibly fired up after a steal that led to a fast-break dunk. He screamed after flushing the ball through the hoop.

The five-time All-Star is arguably the most important player for the Heat if they want to make a deep playoff run, which starts with taking down the Pacers.

Butler showed that he is up to the task on Tuesday, scoring 28 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He also added four assists, four steals and three rebounds.

The Heat and Pacers will square off again on Thursday at 1 p.m. EST from the Orlando, Fla. bubble as they look to extend their series lead to 2-0.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.