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It was another Brett Brown “blow another ridiculously large lead” masterclass for Jimmy Butler’s Sixers debut on Wednesday. Somehow, Brown continues to ride the “Popovich coaching tree” pedigree into infinite employment as the Sixers’ head coach, no matter how often he turns comfortable wins into losses.
Tonight, anyway, the Sixers’ trade for Butler inoculated Brown from his own disastrous inability to hold a double-digit lead. Butler’s line tonight was 12 shots made from 15 taken with seven assists and a +12 for the minutes he was on the floor for the 38 minutes he played. He finished with 28 points.
Brown was appropriately complimentary of his new All-Star: “(H)e was incredibly efficient, physical, made some tough shots…that’s a fantastic debut, he was our bell ringer tonight.”
The Twitter accolades of Butler’s home debut as a 76er were appropriate and contained multitudes:
Home debut ends with a win, how's it feel?
— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) November 17, 2018
Daily News | Sixers beat Jazz in Jimmy Butler’s 28-point home debut https://t.co/mu7I2BwRAO
— Philly Daily News (@PhillyDailyNews) November 17, 2018
Ben Simmons had this pretty, perfectly weighted dish to Jimmy Butler for the layup, but it’s the way the pair looked and nodded at each other that I’m sure is melting every Philadelphian’s heart. pic.twitter.com/CjTGCEIFeb
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) November 17, 2018
I think I speak for every Sixers fan when I fantasize about Jimmy Butler’s time on this team with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and think, you know what:
That’s how it feels, anyway.