Since Jimmy Butler was traded to the Miami Heat from Philadelphia in 2019, his first two seasons with his new team have either been feast—i.e., advancing to the NBA Finals in 2020—or famine—i.e., getting bounced in the first round of the playoffs last year.

Still, Butler has remained one of the NBA's better wing players, and the Heat remain one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Until recently, it's seemed like a perfect fit. 

Miami's 106-98 win at Boston on Wednesday night muddied whatever impressions and narratives of Butler took hold last week, but the veteran remains a wild card heading into the playoffs. 

As impactful as Butler has been for the bulk of his two-plus years in Miami, his role with the team became a topic of discussion last week following an in-game clash involving Butler, head coach Erik Spoelstra and veteran Udonis Haslem.

The last few games would indicate that whatever issues Butler and the Heat were dealing with are no longer problematic. Funny how wins can quiet narratives of dissension, discontent and displeasure. 

But finding a path forward, beyond public displays of acrimony, is essential to Miami achieving its goal of competing for a championship this season, a very real possibility. They have the best record in the East with about a week's worth of games still left. 

Butler addressed the incident with Spoelstra and Haslem following Miami's blowout win over Sacramento on Monday, which snapped a four-game losing streak.