TJ McConnell is a Philadelphia hero. Not only is the former Arizona guard a fan favorite in the City of Brotherly Love, but on Friday night he prevented what could've been a costly conflict between Jimmy Butler and the Hawks. Butler took a rough elbow to the neck area and was not pleased, but TJ got in the way before tensions could escalate.
Butler has a fiery temper, but he ought to give McConnell his game check after keeping him from making a huge mistake. Every game matters for Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. Given how soft the NBA has become, any shove from Butler would've been met with a fine or even worse.