T.J. Warren and Jimmy Butler exchanged words throughout Wednesday night's game between the Pacers and Heat, and their back-and-forth eventually led to Warren's ejection.
Midway through the third quarter, Butler took exception to a foul committed by Warren. The duo got into each other's faces and needed to be separated. Butler appeared to yell "you're f—ing trash" toward Warren.
Soon after play resumed, Butler threw his shoulder into Warren and was called for an offensive foul. Warren taunted Butler by clapping in his face, a move that prompted him to be tossed. Butler blew kisses to Warren as Warren retreated from the floor. Warren lifted a middle finger to his foe.
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Miami pulled away in the second half to earn a 122-108 win.
Butler finished with 14 points, seven assists, six rebounds and two steals in 28 minutes. Warren managed just three points before his ejection.
After the game, Butler told reporters that Warren was not on his level.
"He’s soft," Butler said. "He’s not even in my ... league, nowhere near me. If I was their coach, I would never put him on me ever again."
Butler kept going on Instagram following the game, writing in a post, "don’t be mad you can’t guard me. we will see what you about in March." The words accompanied a circled calendar showing the March 20 meeting between Miami and Indiana.