They then went on an 11-2 run to close things out to give Orlando a 111-106 victory and spoil Butler's first game with Philadelphia.
"I spoke to many of Jimmy's teammates, ex-coaches, management staff and what I got out of it was what he just alluded to", Brand said.
The problem for Minnesota is that they play in one of the toughest divisions in the National Basketball Association and would have to navigate through a gauntlet of talented teams to win the West. I think we'll all be better, myself included.
He had a rough second half scoring wise, going 1 of 10 with just three points, but it appears that even with Butler, Embiid will be a serious MVP candidate.
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"I don't about the stories that you've all heard".
He also said he's excited for Butler and his winning mindset to join the team.
Meanwhile, the other question surrounding the Sixers heading into this game was the status of Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick from past year who was replaced in Philadelphia's starting lineup by Butler. I think that's the reason why everybody plays this game is to win the championship.
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"I'm going to lock into it [the playbook] and figure it all out", Butler said post-game of the confusion.
En route to finally forcing a trade away from the Timberwolves to the 76ers, the All-Star forward's dominant personality was on full display in a saga spanning over a month. Butler's offensive rating this season of 122 would easily be the best on the Sixers this year, with the current highest being Embiid's 114.
"Next time I guarantee I'm going to know a lot more than I did this game".
"We hope he sees a fit here". I'm expecting to win, and we're expecting to win as a team.
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Thibodeau was asked if he was looking more for players who could help now rather than draft picks who could help Minnesota down the road.