Butler consistently defended opponents’ top perimeter player.
There’s a reason why Rose lost his aggressiveness as the Bulls’ season ended meekly last week.
Once again, LeBron James shined when it mattered most.
The Cavs are begging to be finished off. The Bulls haven’t been able to do that yet.
Of course, the Bulls can match that offer and have indicated they want to retain Butler.
Butler was honored Thursday as the NBA’s Most Improved Player.
Butler made his first All-Star team this season.
Butler averaged 20.0 points per game.
Chicago sent a message in a Game 1 win at Cleveland.
Time and again, Chicago got good looks out of the pick-and-roll.
Derrick Rose scored 25 points and Pau Gasol added 21, leading the Chicago Bulls to a 99-92 victory over the short-handed Cavs.
Chicago was impressive in its desire to destroy Milwaukee in Game 6.
“I have to be a better leader,” Butler says.
Chicago has had turnover and shooting woes in the past two games.
“At times, we just think we’re a little bit too good,” Taj Gibson says.
Rose’s defensive lapse in the waning seconds led to a game-winning layup for the Bucks.
Chicago’s backcourt dominance has continued.
It got more physical as Chicago grabbed a 2-0 series lead with a 91-82 win.
Rose scored 23 points and had seven assists as the Bulls topped the Bucks in Game 1.
Chicago took sole control of third in the East with an 88-82 win.