Jimmy Butler was noticeably thorny following the Miami Heat‘s overtime loss to the Orlando Magic earlier in the week and, really, who can blame him? Despite the fact that Butler had what might have been his best game of the season — in addition to drilling the miracle three that sent the thing into OT — his Heat couldn’t hang on in the end.
After the contest, Butler went to extreme measures to both exorcise his demons and reignite his teammates’ competitive fire… by playing the Nickelback card.
Via ESPN’s Nick Friedell:
The sounds of Nickelback coming from the portable speaker inside the Miami Heat locker room were unmistakable. As the rest of his teammates and Heat staffers quietly showered, got dressed and picked over a postgame pizza spread following a 126-114 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic on Saturday, Jimmy Butler decided it was the the right time to pump up the volume on his stereo and blast the familiar sounds of Chad Kroeger’s voice.
And Butler, who had just poured in a game-high 38 points in 39 minutes sang every word to each song.
Flash forward to Friday and the infamous Canadian rock band shouted Butler out via Twitter, inserting his name into the lyrics of the 2001 smash hit “How You Remind Me.” Butler also received an invitation to croon alongside Kroeger and Co. later this year.
“’It‘s not like Jimmy…to say sorry!’,” the tweet read. “@JimmyButler we’re going on tour this summer, hit us up if you want to come sing along live.”
Entering Saturday’s road bout with the Chicago Bulls, Butler’s last-ditch move seems to be paying off; the Heat have bounced back from the Magic loss to back-to-back wins.
Kyle Lowry Ruled Out in Chicago
After coming off the bench in the Heat’s last three contest, veteran point-man Kyle Lowry will be returning to the sidelines again on Saturday. As relayed by the Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang and others, the call has been made to hold Lowry out versus the Bulls.
Chiang noted that “the expectation is Lowry will be able to play tomorrow in Detroit, as the Heat continues to take a cautious approach with him after his recent return form knee soreness.”
The 36-year-old missed 15 straight contests between February 2 and his March 11 return in the Magic game. For the year, he’s averaging 11.9 points, 5.2 …read more