Bulls/Bobcats last night brought plenty of yawns and probably was a lot closer than it should have been, but there was some excitement to be had with Nate Robinson's antics, Jimmy Butler's continued emergence as a damn good NBA player and a Carlos Boozer facial of Bismack Biyombo. And the Bulls did win, so that's obviously nice.
Considering he's the hot topic at the moment, I'm going to start with the play of Butler. Not only was his career-high 19 points scored in a variety of ways impressive, but perhaps even more noteworthy was the fact that he played 31 minutes despite Luol Deng returning from injury. We all wondered what type of role Butler would see with Deng back in the lineup, and while Lu being smartly limited to 31 minutes himself contributed to Jimmy's increased time, we also saw plenty of the second-year man at the 2. I believe it was about 14-15 minutes in all, and he was pretty effective in that role, especially in the fourth quarter.
What was really interesting was that Butler was the first guard off the bench in the second half, checking in for a woefully ineffective Richard Hamilton with 5:35 left in the third quarter and playing nearly the rest of the game. Usually Marco Belinelli is the guy to come off the bench to replace Hamilton, and while that happened in the first half, it was Butler in the second.
Butler at the 2 leads to dominant defense
Blog-A-Bull | Jan 29