Miami Heat's LeBron James kicked in face by Jimmy Butler (GIF)

Mar 9, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and Chicago Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (21) receive technical fouls during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

If you can’t beat them, wrestle them?

Maybe that’s what Chicago Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler was attempting to do with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James as the two become tangled up in Sunday afternoon’s game.

The two were seemingly attempting to get position on a loose ball (which neither grabbed) picked up by Joakim Noah and that’s when they became intertwined.

Somewhat difficult to put a blame on either player for the squabble (I’d venture to suggest James given he had his elbow in Butler’s mid-region) but the two ended up on the floor, almost wrestling.

That’s when Butler’s foot (accidentally, I hope/assume) came up and drilled James in his face.

The NBA superstar, to his credit, didn’t take much offense to it (after shaking off the kick) as the two continued to push, shove and hold until the referee watching the action had enough, giving each a technical foul.

Have to say – pretty shocked James showed such restraint for the kick. Not sure I would have done the same.

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