Jimmy Butler is Chicago’s best building block moving forward.
Butler may play limited minutes in Sunday’s All-Star game, but the bigger picture is in mind.
Butler has a strained right shoulder.
The Bulls host the Cavaliers on Thursday.
Butler’s status for Thursday and this weekend’s All-Star Game is uncertain.
The Bulls are 4-6 in their last 10 games.
Butler is averaging 20.1 points and 6.0 rebounds in a league-high 39.5 minutes per game.
Butler appears to be recovered from an illness.
This will be Dunleavy’s 14th straight missed game.
Gasol has found fulfillment on and off the court in Chicago.
The Bulls are set up to make a real run for the first time in the Thibodeau era, if they stay healthy.
Butler’s going to get paid one way or the other after a career year.
Gasol is in line to start the All-Star Game on Feb. 15 in New York City.
Butler will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
In an encouraging sign, Derrick Rose went through morning shootaround.
Butler is out on bereavement leave, while Dunleavy has a right ankle injury.
“It puts enormous pressure on a defense,” Tom Thibodeau says.
“The guys around this locker room, all we worry about is winning,” Jimmy Butler says.
“It’s not an accident,” Bryant says of Butler’s emergence.
Pau Gasol trails only LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony in the frontcourt.