Jimmy Butler Credits Acting Skills to Mark Wahlberg After Late-Game Flop

In Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: Jimmy Butler’s Oscar-worthy performance, some great audio from the Super Bowl and more.
Publish date:

And the Oscar goes to . . .

In addition to his 26-point, 10-assist double double, Jimmy Butler turned in an Oscar-worthy performance in Tuesday night’s win over the Knicks.

In the final seconds, with the Heat clinging to a one-point lead, Knicks forward Julius Randle threw up a wild fadeaway shot, resulting in a frantic scramble for the ball. Randle fouled Andre Iguodala and then steamrolled Butler, sending him to the floor.

Butler writhed around in pain for a bit, but then the cameras caught him peeking out to see if he’d drawn a call.

“Butler’s playing,” an incredulous Clyde Frazier said on the Knicks’ broadcast. “Look at him. He’s not hurt.”

Butler said he was emulating the acting of his good friend Mark Wahlberg. (The two have been close since meeting in 2013 when Wahlberg was in Chicago filming a movie.)

“I’ve studied Mark Wahlberg and how he acts so incredibly well,” Butler told reporters. “I’ve taken a few pointers.”

Butler’s performance didn’t fool his teammates, though. Bam Adebayo said that no one on the Heat thought for a second that Butler was actually injured, but they all appreciated the comedic relief.

“He’s a big kid. That’s all I can say about that. In that situation, he’s just a big kid,” Adebayo said. “And everybody knew it—that’s why we was all laughing. First of all, if Jimmy’s really injured, he’s not peeking. If Jimmy’s really injured, everybody knows that he’s getting up and trying to walk it off. The fact that he was down there for so long, just being Jimmy, I feel like that’s one of those things over the course of the game that lightens the mood. Everybody gets a mental break from being serious for like 30 seconds and we lock back in.”

Butler said it’s important to remember that basketball is a game and that everybody is out there having a good time.

“My guys have to know that everything’s going to be O.K.,” Butler said. “It’s O.K. to have fun, it’s O.K. to joke around, because that’s what we’re out here playing for. Yeah, we want to win, but never forget to have fun, smile and enjoy the situation that you’re in.”

That doesn’t sound like the guy who torched his teammates and berated members of the front office in that infamous Timberwolves practice, or the guy who showed up at 3:30 a.m. for his first practice with the Heat, but maybe life in Miami has softened Jimmy’s edges.

The best of SI

NBA trades we want to see ahead of the deadline. ... Six months after the campus was rocked by a hurricane, McNeese State is set to open the spring FCS football season. ... This isn’t the first time MLB has tinkered with the baseball. ... These childhood friends are some of NBA players’ favorite social media personalities.

Around the sports world

The Mavericks stopped playing the national anthem before games at the start of the season and no one noticed until now. ... After the fans packed the Tampa waterfront for the Lightning’s Stanley Cup boat parade, the city has approved the Bucs to do the very same thing. ... Yahoo NFL writer Terez Paylor died suddenly at age 37. ... LeBron says it was “inspiring” to see Tom Brady win the Super Bowl at 43 but won’t make any decisions about his own career based on what Brady does. ... 44-year-old Uruguayan soccer player Sebastián Abreu extended his own record by signing with the 30th club of his career. ... The PGA of America will allow players at its major tournaments to use rangefinders. ... Colin Cowherd was rushed to the hospital over the weekend due to a blood clot in his lung.

What Mahomes and Brady said to each other

Tom Brady can do a lot of things, but he can’t do that

He went ballistic

A Canadian media conglomerate abruptly shuttered three sports radio stations, and handled it very poorly

The Nets are not the ’04 Pistons

Good job by Dan Patrick to push for an answer

Kind of interesting

Tyler Glasnow’s abs are frankly alarming

Not sports

Three people were rescued from a deserted island in the Bahamas after surviving on coconuts for 33 days. ... A koala attempting to cross the road in Australia caused a five-car pileup. ... Five men have been stranded on an abandoned oil tanker for four years, refusing to leave the ship until they’re paid by the company it belongs to. ... A cop in Beverly Hills apparently played music in an attempt to avoid being livestreamed. ... The former Cartoon Network show The Powerpuff Girls is getting a live-action reboot.

This might end up being the top viral video of the year

I love these homemade sleds

A good song

Email dan.gartland@si.com with any feedback or follow me on Twitter for approximately one half-decent baseball joke per week. Bookmark this page to see previous editions of Hot Clicks and find the newest edition every day. By popular request I’ve made a Spotify playlist of the music featured here. Visit our Extra Mustard page throughout each day for more offbeat sports stories.