The Philadelphia 76ers must revert to life as they knew it, before “Jimmy Buckets” came to town, as they face the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday evening.
Butler, who suffered a groin injury during the Sixers’ win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday, will more than likely be sitting out against the Brooklyn boys.
When the Sixers and Nets last met on November 25, Philadelphia walked away with the win…but certainly had to work for it. In the last few minutes of the night, it was a tossup for who had control of the lead. With the clock winding down, Butler made a step aside, step back 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to secure a 127-125 win.
He ended the night with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Joel Embiid, who was crucial in bringing the Sixers back in to contention in the fourth quarter, similarly scored 32 points and 12 boards.
If the ending of this game seemed oddly familiar, it’s because it was. Just eight days prior, the Sixers won in overtime against the Hornets, with a step back 3-pointer from Butler. This time just 0.3 seconds were remaining on the clock.
Furkan Korkmaz will start in Butler’s place Wednesday, along with T.J. McConnell and Landry Shamet also expected to fill in.
The Brooklyn Nets have surprisingly been tough competition for the Sixers this season. In fact the Sixers’ biggest loss of the season (122-97) was because of the Nets.
Keep an eye on Spencer Dinwiddie for Brooklyn, who had an electrifying 31 points off the bench last meet up. D’Angelo Russell will likely continue to be a force in the paint, having scored 38 points, eight assists and eight rebounds.
Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Brooklyn Nets
When: 7:00pm EST
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia and YES
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic
Sixers: Markelle Fultz (INACT), Justin Patton (INACT), Zhaire Smith (INACT), Jimmy Butler (Game Time Decision)
Nets: Caris LeVert (INACT), Alan Williams (INACT), Treveon Graham (INACT)