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“MESS WITH ONE OF MY GUYS, YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH ME” Jimmy Butler with a clear message to Chris Paul


One of your best guys usually isn't the enforcer. Teams have an Oakley or a Rodman to retaliate; that's not the case in Miami. You mess with someone, Jimmy Butler will get you right back. Chris Paul learned that last night

Chris Paul may be the Point God but is also a bulldog. In addition to perfect passes and clutch scoring, Paul will go for your jugular mentally. Every second you are matched up with him, CP3 is trying to get under your skin, make you react and lose focus. Last night he had an episode with Duncan Robinson that didn't sit well with Butler.

If you look at it from Paul's perspective, his plan worked. Butler got a personal foul making a point. Purely pragmatically, the best response is not to respond. But Butler didn't make a mistake. This wasn't an important game, and that personal foul was well spent making a statement. That builds equity with his teammates and establishes a championship mindset.

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