A battle against the struggling Brooklyn Nets at home should have been a walk in the park for the Bulls, despite the fact that they beat the Hornets on Monday on a buzzer beater by Randy Foye. However, Brooklyn had Chicago’s number. The game was a barnburner. Brook Lopez, who has only made three 3-point field goals from his rookie year in 2008 to last year in 2016, nailed five of six against the Bulls. He looked like Steph Curry. He finished the game 12/20 from the field with 33 points in 34 minutes.
However, as good as this Lopez brother was, the story of the game was Jimmy Butler. With five minutes to go in the game, he tweaked his right ankle. His night should have been over.
Jimmy said “nah” and, in the final two and a half minutes, he scored nine points in the including a buzzer beater from 20 feet out breaking a 99-point tie. The man was on fire as a he finished the game with 40 points and 11 rebounds. He was also 11/11 from the charity stripe. As a team, the Bulls were 28/29 from the line.
Dwyane Wade, who finished with 16 points, was already in the locker room due to lost vision in his eye as a result of a migraine. His condition improved over the course of the game. However, Jimmy Buckets used this as a motivation for him to continue playing on his bad ankle and put the team on his shoulders.
This was a good win for the Bulls carried by their young star. Yet, if the Bulls want to keep winning, they need more production from their struggling bench as they were 5/23 in field goals. The team also had 18 turnovers. That number needs to lessen as that is where much of the Nets points came off of.
The .500 Bulls will be in Indiana on Friday, home against Milwaukee on Saturday, home against Charlotte on Monday, and in Cleveland on Wednesday. If Butler continues to play with confidence, this can be a good run for the Bulls.
Also, of note, earlier this morning, according to Nick Friedell, the Bulls waived guard R.J. Hunter.