Jimmy Butler blows kisses as Heat blows lead to fall to Timberwolves

Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
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While the Minnesota Timberwolves fans got their money’s worth of success at Target Center, they didn’t get to see former Timberwolves Jimmy Butler compete. Butler was given the night off to rest in the second game of a schedule back-to-back, a game that continues the streak of no Jimmy Butler playing when the Miami Heat travel to compete in Target Center.

Jimmy Butler has not competed in Target Center for four seasons, and the fans are definitely starting to notice:

The reason behind this lack of interest in facing the Timberwolves is a long story, a tale that ended with a rushed trade of Butler to the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler wanted to be traded and did so by burning bridges between himself and the Minnesota Timberwolves organization.

The fans of the Minnesota Timberwolves have not forgotten, and make it a point to remind him whenever he comes to town:

Four years ago, the reception was every bit as unwelcoming. Jimmy Butler wanted to be traded and insulted the Minnesota Timberwolves team, the Timberwolves players, and the Timberwolves fans, to get what he wanted.

Jimmy Butler doesn’t like to face the Timberwolves fans, and for good reason. The last time he faced the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center, he was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and he could only score 12 points on 4 of 17 shooting,  Since that game, he has dodged Target Center each year since he joined the Miami Heat.

I suppose it could be worse for Timberwolves fans. He could play and rally the Heat to a victory. As long as he is content to sit, blow kisses to the fans, and watch his team lose, that’s just fine with me.

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