Brett Brown mentioned Jimmy Butler was the “grownup within the fitness center” as he heaped reward on the 76ers star’s efficiency towards the Raptors in Sport 2 of the Jap Convention semifinals.
Butler led the best way with 30 factors and 11 rebounds in Toronto, the place the 76ers upstaged the Raptors 94-89 to even the second-round NBA playoff collection Monday.
The four-time All-Star managed simply 10 factors in Sport 1 however he bounced again with a double-double, which included 12 factors within the ultimate quarter.
And 76ers coach Brown hailed Butler postgame, telling reporters: “This was James Butler. That was the grownup within the fitness center.
“He was only a super rock. He willed us to lots of totally different conditions. He was a terrific teammate on the bench. He was a stud.”
In reply to Brown’s praise, Butler mentioned: “My title is not James. It actually is Jimmy.”
The 76ers stormed out of the blocks in Sport 2, outscoring the Raptors 26-17 within the opening interval en path to Philadelphia’s first win in Toronto since November 2012.
It snapped a 14-game shedding streak and Butler added: “Everyone desires to color the image that we’ve not received right here in nevertheless a few years. I am simply glad that we got here out on high. We do not care what number of video games we have misplaced, nothing like that.”
Brown additionally praised Ben Simmons, regardless of his comparatively quiet night time by way of stats towards the Raptors.
Simmons tallied simply six factors, seven rebounds and 5 assists in a game-high 44 minutes however the All-Star was influential on each ends of the ground.
“I assumed our protection firstly of the sport was virtually pretty much as good because it may very well be,” Brown mentioned. “I believe Ben did a extremely good job on (Raptors star Kawhi Leonard).
“We tried to have totally different seems to be at instances, the place we would double him; we did not. By and huge, it was Ben’s task, though different individuals inherited him… I assumed Ben did a superb job, then you definately look down and see he has 35. He is simply an extremely gifted, versatile scorer.”
Joel Embiid, who has been battling a knee concern all through the postseason, struggled with a abdomen sickness having missed the morning shootaround in Toronto.
However Embiid performed by means of, scoring 12 factors in 32 minutes to assist the 76ers cease Leonard and the Raptors.
“There is no manner I used to be lacking this recreation,” he mentioned. “This recreation was actually vital to us. It does not matter what I had, I used to be going to play.”