Butler and Jokic: Why NBA Finals could reignite bad blood between stars

Thursday night marks the commencement of an intriguing and extraordinary NBA Finals series in Denver. Where the top-seeded Nuggets, led by Nikola Jokic, will face off against the upstart Miami Heat, featuring Jimmy Butler.

Although the Nuggets and the Heat do not share a historical rivalry. An incident occurred between the two superstar players during a regular season game in 2021. This adds an extra layer of anticipation to this matchup. On November 8, 2021, Jokic forcefully pushed Heat forward Markieff Morris during the fourth quarter. Resulting in Morris being sidelined for four months and Jokic receiving a one-game suspension.

In response, Butler defended his teammate and confronted Jokic on the sidelines. Jokic subsequently expressed remorse for his actions. However, the intense confrontation from that incident could potentially reignite a rivalry between the two stars in this year’s NBA Finals.

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Butler and Jokic

For both Butler and Jokic, maintaining composure and avoiding getting caught up in any heated exchanges will be crucial in giving their respective teams the best chance to secure the championship. As the series concludes, both players are expected to be strong contenders for the NBA Finals MVP award.

Although the Nuggets are considered early favourites to win their first-ever title, the Heat have thrived on their underdog status throughout the postseason, adding an element of unpredictability to the series.

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