Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler was called for a pretty blatant offensive foul after charging into Chris Paul during their 116-115 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night.
Turns out, he did that on purpose.
He was defending Duncan Robinson.
Chris Paul throws ball off Duncan Robinson
Robinson and Paul were matched up late in the second quarter, and were fighting for a ball in the corner.
Paul ended up ripping the ball away from Robinson but started losing his balance as he did so, and was going to fall out of bounds. Before he did, he threw the ball of of Robinson and out of bounds — a smart basketball play that gave his team the possession.
That, though, didn’t sit well with Butler.
The next time down the court, Butler drove right at Paul and blatantly extended his arm to knock him down.
Instantly, he was