Heat's Jimmy Butler Trolls 76ers' Joel Embiid on IG: 'F--k Yo Mask'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVMay 7, 2022

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 06: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers talks to Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat during Game Three of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Wells Fargo Center on May 6, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers defeated the Heat 99-79. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid returned from a two-game absence to help the Sixers score a crucial Game 3 victory over the Miami Heat in their second-round playoff series.

Embiid tallied 18 points and 11 rebounds Friday night while donning a protective mask to protect his face after suffering an orbital fracture in the previous series.

"No one cared who I was until I put on the mask," the MVP candidate joked on Instagram, using a line from The Dark Knight Rises.

Miami guard Jimmy Butler responded:

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Jimmy Butler doesn't care about Embiid's mask 😂 <a href="https://t.co/gXXUIP7DSN">pic.twitter.com/gXXUIP7DSN</a>

Butler and the Heat won the first two games by a combined 30 points with Embiid out of the lineup. The five-time All-Star's return allowed Philly to bounce back with a 99-79 win that suggests it's set to become a long, competitive series after all.

It was a team effort for the Sixers as Danny Green (21 points), Tyrese Maxey (21) and James Harden (17) also had strong scoring nights.

Butler paced the Heat with 33 points, but only one other player scored in double figures (Tyler Herro, 14) as the Philadelphia defense held them to 35.1 percent shooting.

"You add Jo to any team, home or away, the game, the scouting report, it changes drastically," Butler told reporters about Embiid's return. "It's been like that for his entire career."

The former teammates are always willing to engage in some banter either on the floor or, in this case, on Instagram after a hard-fought game.