Jimmy Butler

DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings goes up for a shot against the Chicago Bulls at Sleep Train Arena on November 20, 2014 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Cousins, Gay Lead Kings Past Bulls, 103-88

DeMarcus Cousins had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Rudy Gay scored 20 points.

CBS Chicago–11/21/2014

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls shoots against the Los Angeles Clippers on November 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

No Rose, No Gasol, No Problem; Bulls Beat Clippers 105-89

Chicago improved to 8-3 with an impressive road win.

CBS Chicago–11/18/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Bulls Take Confidence, Question Marks Out West

Here’s a secret lost in the early season drama: Chicago’s defense has been rather average.

CBS Chicago–11/15/2014

Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls handles the ball against the Detroit Pistons on November 10, 2014 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Rose Returns, Scores 24 Points As Bulls Beat Pistons 102-91

Chicago improved to 6-2 with the win.

CBS Chicago–11/10/2014

Bulls big man Joakim Noah passes on a drive to the hoop in a loss to the Celtics on Saturday. (Randy Belice/NBAE/Getty Images)

Westerlund: Bulls’ Closing Lineup Carousel Keeps Spinning

Joakim Noah didn’t finish Saturday’s game because of a minutes restriction.

CBS Chicago–11/08/2014

Derrick Rose. (Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Derrick Rose Is Questionable To Play Against Bucks

Rose is dealing with two ankle sprains.

CBS Chicago–11/05/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Thibodeau Already Pushing Too Hard

So much for the agreement forged between Tom Thibodeau and his bosses.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2014

Tony Snell shoots the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

McCaffrey: Thibodeau Turns To Tony Snell With Jimmy Butler Sidelined

With Bulls starting guard Jimmy Butler still on the shelf last night due to injury, head coach Tom Thibodeau turned to an unlikely player for some help against LeBron James and the Cavaliers. That player: second-year guard Tony Snell.

11/01/2014

Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler. (Getty Images)

Westerlund: Jimmy Butler Bets On Himself

“The whole city, this is home for me,” Butler says.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2014

Jimmy Butler. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Butler Rejects Bulls’ Offer But Leaves Door Open

The Bulls wanted a “hometown discount,” Butler’s agent said.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Jimmy Butler. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

Butler’s Extension, Playing Status Both In Doubt

The deadline for an extension for Jimmy Butler is by 11 p.m. tonight.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Derrick Rose, foreground, and Joakim Noah, background. (Jordan Johnson/NBAE/Getty Images)

Baffoe: Bulls-Cavs Is Not A Test

Tonight’s Bulls-Cavs game involves a ton talent, but it will not be indicative of either team’s season.

CBS Chicago–10/31/2014

Jimmy Butler. (Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Reports: Butler, Bulls Still Have Gap To Bridge In Contract Talks

The deadline for an extension is Friday night.

CBS Chicago–10/30/2014

Bulls wing Jimmy Butler. (Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler To Miss Season Opener, Could Be Out Longer

Butler has sprained ligaments in his left thumb.

CBS Chicago–10/29/2014

Bulls wing Jimmy Butler. (Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler’s Status Still Uncertain For Season Opener

As the Bulls ready to face Carmelo Anthony, they may be without their top perimeter defender.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2014

Derrick Rose, foreground, and Joakim Noah, background. (Jordan Johnson/NBAE/Getty Images)

Schuster: 2014-’15 NBA Playoff Predictions

Bulls over the Spurs in the NBA Finals? You heard it from David Schuster first.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2014

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

NBA GMs Tab Bulls As 3rd-Most Likely To Win Title

Chicago is widely considered the best defensive team in the NBA in a league survey.

CBS Chicago–10/22/2014

Jimmy Butler. (Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Jimmy Butler’s MRI Confirms Sprained Thumb

Butler won’t practice the rest of this week, and his status for the season opener is unclear.

10/21/2014

Kirk Hinrich #12 of the Chicago Bulls passes the ball against the Charlotte Hornets on October 19, 2014 at United Center, Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

Hinrich Scores 26 Points, Bulls Beat Hornets

Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points on 11-of-14 shooting and the Chicago Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 in an exhibition game Sunday night. Pau Gasol added 15 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bulls (4-2) win their fourth straight game.

10/19/2014

Bulls big man Pau Gasol. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Pau Gasol Has Sights On Being In Bulls’ Closing Group

“I like to be on the floor when the game is on the line,” Gasol says.

CBS Chicago–10/18/2014

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