Butler scored 20 points, but it took 16 field goals. His FG% was 37.5, his 9th worst game of the season shooting. He joined all starters with a negative +/- rating with -24. The loss was the Bulls 6th in the last 8 games.
Butler filled his stat sheet with 7 rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block. He was the higest scorer for the Bulls.
The Wizards just have Jimmy Butler’s number. He had a 30% shooting night with 13 points, 2 rebounds 2 assists and a block. The 13 points was his highest point total against Washington, for a player who has been averaging 20.7 ppg and shooting 46.1 % in the field.
The Wizards have held him to 11, 10 & now 13 points in their three meetings this year. The Wizards have also won 5 straight against the Bulls in the United Center and this time were able to hang on to the good early shooting of Derrick Rose. Wizards won 105-99.
Four straight games were Jimmy Butler shot less than 40%. Of the last eight games, Jimmy Butler has shot above 50% only once. In this stretch of games, he also had the worst field goal percentage of the entire season when he was limited to 16.7% and only scored 10 points in a 102-86 loss to the Washington Wizards. But last night the Bulls were beaten 121-114 by the Orlando Magic.
It’s probably a sign that Butler needs some rest, his shooting declining coupled with his athletic play and he has probably just hit a wall. Actually it looks like the whole team has in losing 3 of the last 4 including two blowouts to the Utah Jazz and Wizards.
But if your coach is Tom Thibodeau, good luck with that.
In a continuation of poor shooting nights, Jimmy Butler was not alone in his Bulls brotherhood with an off night. Butler went 5 for 13 for 38.4%. The entire Bulls team shot 33.3% from the field and 30% from three. Butler was the high scorer for the Bulls with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and two steals.
The Jazz just dominated the Bulls, only giving them 36 points in the paint, with Joakim Noah only scoring one point. Rudy Gobert had 5 blocks of the team’s 8 blocks total.
Jimmy Butler only had one block in the 114-105 win over the Rockets. But what a block.
The block stifled the ability of the Rockets to go ahead and kept the Bulls ahead. Butler had 22 points on 7 for 17 shooting, 2 of 4 from three point line and made 6 of his 7 free throws. He kept Harden to 20 points, on 7 for 22 shooting.
Jimmy Butler lead all players in the game by getting to the free throw line 9 times. He made all nine shots and finished with 26 points to lead all players in points. He went 8 for 14 from the field, played all 40 minutes and got 8 rebounds, 2 steals and a block.
The Bulls mitigated their chance by only having 7 turnovers, but it was the Nuggets, so that was bound to happen. Derrick Rose had an awful shooting night and went 7 for 25 from the field and only had three free throw shots.
Jimmy Butler had his second worst shooting performance of the season with 25% on 3 for 12 shooting. He also did not hit a three pointer and also got to the free throw line only 3 times.
Butler’s other two really poor shooting performances happened on Christmas Eve Eve, 30.8% against the Wizards, and on November 21st 23.1% at the Portland Trail Blazers.
It’s either that Butler is coming down to earth after his crazy hot start, or he just plays poorly around the holidays. Lay off the egg nog, Jimmy!
The Bulls as a team shot only 38.4% in the field and 32.% from three pointers and ended with 82 points in a old school Thibodeau classic. The Brooklyn bigs in Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez took it to Chicago for a combined 49 points, while the Bulls backcourt had a combined 12 points.