Jimmy Butler, one of the Bulls’ lone offensive bright spots in Monday night’s slugfest win over Charlotte at the United Center, had once again found a nice rhythm.
In the team’s 86-81 victory, he was effective from the outset, scoring 10 points in the opening period, en route to a 14-point night—on 4-for-6 shooting from the field, 2-for-2 from three-point range and 4-for-5 from the free-throw line—along with five rebounds and two steals, an efficient performance, which is becoming par for the course for the swingman as of late.
“Just taking the right shots and my teammates finding me in the right places, at the right time. I feel like all the shots that I take, all my teammates say, ‘It’s all right to take that shot, even if you miss it. Just shoot it with confidence.’ So that’s all I’ve been doing,” Butler said about his recent play. “I think it was just overthinking a lot of different things and just rushing because, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t take this one or maybe I should get a better one,’ but I feel like it’s a great one if I’m open.”
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But midway through the third quarter, Butler was forced to leave the game after suffering a right-toe injury.
“I hurt it. I don’t really know how. But it’s nothing major. I’ll be back. I’ve just got to ice it, rest it, all that stuff,” said Butler, who added that he’s “going to be good to go” for the Bulls’ upcoming “Circus Trip,” which begins Thursday in Denver. “I know what play it happened on. I just pushed off on it, I guess the wrong way, and it didn’t feel too good at all.”
Butler eventually returned to the contest midway through the fourth quarter.
“We’ll have more information for you [Tuesday]. It’s a toe,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He tried to go and he said he was having a hard time, so we’ll see where he is.”