Jimmy Butler came out of his Twitter hiatus to take some shots at Ricky Rubio and Jae Crowder following what ended up being a tense game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz on Friday. Midway through the fourth quarter, Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague hip-checked Ricky Rubio of the Jazz, nearly sending him into the Minnesota bench. Rubio quickly got up and walked away from the situation, but Teague was confronted by Jazz forward Jae Crowder before everyone was separated.
Teague was ejected for his shot on Rubio. That play was the catalyst for getting Butler back on Twitter where he praised his teammate for the hard foul.
As Rubio attempted his free throws, Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and Crowder started arguing with one another.
Double technicals were issued to Crowder and Thibodeau. The heated exchange drew another tweet out of Butler, who told his former Marquette teammate that he didn't "want no smoke either."
Jae get away from my coach. You don’t want no smoke either— Jimmy Butler (@JimmyButler) March 3, 2018
Crowder responded to Butler, pointing out that the Timberwolves star has his phone number and home address.
When asked about Butler's message, Crowder didn't appear to take the tweet all that seriously, and chalked it up to Jimmy—who is out indefinitely after undergoing knee surgery—wanting to play with his team. "He is a competitor, he's a trash-talker, he is all of the above," Crowder said, per ESPN. "He wishes he was out there competing in a game like that, that's what [is] probably eating him up the most, he wishes he was on the court, fighting with his guys ... that's my guy."