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How Sixers are trying to get best out of Jimmy Butler on offense

How Sixers are trying to get best out of Jimmy Butler on offense
Published On: Fri, Jan 11
Apr 3, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Chicago won 102-98. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Both player and coach disputed the notion that the exchange was a€œdisrespectfula€ or a€œconfrontational.a€ But neither Jimmy Butler nor Brett Brown disagreed with the report that Butler had a€œchallengeda€ Brown about his role in the Sixersa€™ offense, just the characterization of that challenge during a film session in Portland.

Brown admitted Saturday the offense was still evolving to better suit Butlera€™s strengths in pick-and-roll and isolation. However, it didna€™t sound as if he had any radical changes in mind.

So that we dona€™t get too twisted about this pick-and-roll thing, there is truth to that, but not to the point that, a€˜Oh, now we gotta run 20.a€™ Ita€™s not going to happen. We have other things going on in our offense.

Since then, Butler and the Sixers have played a home-and-home set with the Wizards, trouncing Washington Tuesday night and fallingA Wednesday.A 

On the very first possession of Tuesdaya€™s win, Butler came off a pin down screen from Joel Embiid before running a side pick-and-roll with Embiid.A 

For a coach who had said he wasna€™t going to run 20 pick-and-rolls perA game, it was an interesting opening play call.A 

Two wrinklesA 

One of the Sixersa€™ favorite actions for Butler, as wea€™ve noted before, sees him make an a€œIverson cuta€A and receive the ball on an unoccupied side of the floor.

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