For his part, Butler tried to take the attention in stride. His goal against Thomas is to set the tone early in the matchup, while keeping a body on the diminutive guard.
“Be physical,” Butler said. “If I foul, I foul. Don’t foul too many times. Challenge every shot. Contest everything at the rim. We all know what he does for that team and what he’s done this year putting the ball in the basket. I think I can guard anybody. Especially if that’s what my team needs me to do. However long it is, however many minutes, I’m out there to do that. This is what playoff basketball is about and you got to be ready.”
Jonathan Drouin Womens Jersey Wade, who scored 11 points in Game 1, has been open about the fact he has to take a backseat to Butler’s game. He’s just hoping to help Butler out when he needs a boost from his teammates.
“When I came here, in my [introductory] press conference, I said it was Jimmy Butler’s team,” Wade said. “And we’ll ride Jimmy until we can’t ride him no more. And then when they’re ready to ride me, I’m ready. At this point in the year it’s all about doing whatever it takes to win, and each game is different. You don’t know what kind of defensive coverage they’re going to throw at him [Tuesday]. So we all got to be prepared but, whatever it takes.”
Did we ever decide on a nickname for Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum? We suggested Junior Splash Bros at SB Nation a while back. Maybe we just call them the Splash Sons, or Splash Relatives, or Splash Cousins, or Splash-in-Laws.
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It was $1.8 million for the winner in both 2015 and 2016, up from $1.44 million the year before that. The total purse for the field has increased over the years, too. It was $10 million last year, and a jump from $10 million to $11 million is significant even when divided up among every golfer to make the cut.