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Jimmy Butler | Guard/Forward | #21

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/14/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 231
College: Marquette
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (30) / CHI
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Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a season-ending 105-83 blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three steals and three turnovers.
He was hobbling throughout this game. On top of knee soreness, Butler also hurt his back and may have tweaked an ankle. He said the injuries were no excuses with any of the injuries and Butler said the Bulls didn't play to the Celtics' weaknesses. When asked about getting some clarity from the front office, Butler said he didn't know and he wanted to think about it. He also said "of course" when asked if he wants Dwyane Wade to stay, and he'll talk to Wade "when the time comes." He's an absolute superstar and just won't have much help on this current roster. He'll be in the mix as a first-round pick in fantasy next year. Apr 28 - 11:20 PM

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Jimmy Butler (knee) only "did a little" at shootaround but, as expected, will play in Game 6 Friday night vs. Boston.

Butler and the Bulls have acknowledged that he's dealing with some soreness in his left knee. It is believed the injury was initially suffered during a collision last Sunday. After getting to the free throw line 23 times in Game 4, Butler attempted only one free throw in Game 5. Also, he had just two field goal attempts in the fourth quarter of Game 5. Chicago will likely need Butler to be extra aggressive if they want to stay alive. The question is whether or not the knee issue is hampering his ability to attack.
Apr 28 - 12:35 PM

Jimmy Butler has been playing through a left knee issue.

He reportedly picked up the injury in Game 4 when he collided with a Celtics player. "I'm good. Everyone's a little nicked up," Butler said. "I'll be all right." Butler seemed fine in Game 5 on Thursday up until the fourth quarter, as he only attempted two shots in that frame and didn't have his usual lift. He has been playing 41.4 minutes per game in this series, but with Chicago's season on the line, expect another massive workload in Game 6 on Friday even if he's less than 100 percent.
Source: CSN Chicago
Apr 27 - 9:41 AM

Jimmy Butler drained 19-of-23 free throws en route to a 33-point game on Sunday, adding a playoff career-high nine assists with five rebounds, one steal, and only one turnover in 46 minutes.

Butler's efforts weren't enough tonight despite the impressive free throw shooting, which has been a staple of his value all season. His 8.9 attempts per game crushed his previous career-high and ranked fourth in the NBA behind James Harden, Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins. He looked gassed down the stretch tonight, after getting a mere two minutes of rest and playing the entire second half, so it's good news that he gets two days off before Game 5 in Boston on Wednesday.
Apr 23 - 9:42 PM

Jimmy Butler made just 7-of-21 from the field for his 14 points against the Celtics on Friday, adding seven rebounds, no assists, one steal, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

The Celtics made it very tough on Jimmy today. Only eight of his shots came inside of the paint, so a ton of credit goes to Avery Bradley here for keeping Jimmy in check to limit defensive breakdowns. Also, Butler did not go to the line in this game, so take that for data. The Bulls will have to come up with some more inventive ways to get Jimmy some better looks, but he absolutely should fare better in Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 21 - 9:36 PM

Jimmy Butler had 22 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 8-of-19 shooting in Tuesday's easy 111-97 win over the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead over the No. 1 seed.

The Celtics are probably wishing they'd done what it would have taken to trade for Butler prior to the trade deadline, as Boston looks like a dead duck, sitting in an 0-2 hole with Games 3 and 4 in Chicago. Butler simply looks miles better than any forward in Boston and the Bulls now look like a team that could possibly emerge in the NBA Finals, despite being the No. 8 seed. Look for Butler to continue to go off in Games 3 and 4 with hopes of sweeping the favorites.
Apr 18 - 10:55 PM

Jimmy Butler got going late to score 30 points on Sunday, making 9-of-19 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with three 3-pointers, nine boards, three assists, one steal and one block.

Butler settled a lot offensively in the early goings, but a scoring flurry to end the third quarter sent him into All-Star mode. He also set the tone defensively in the final frame, shutting down the Celtics on enough possessions to help the No. 8 seed steal an impressive road win vs. the No. 1 seed. Expect to see plenty of the aggressive and assertive version of Butler during Game 2 on Tuesday.
Apr 16 - 9:39 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points in a 112-73 win over the Nets on Wednesday, helping his team clinch the No. 8 seed in the East.

Butler took an early exit in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score, but still played 35 minutes on the night. He shot 8-of-19 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line, adding six rebounds, four assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. He will finish the season as a top-10 player in standard leagues, and he missed just a total of six games. His name will surely be in the rumor mill again this summer, but if he's wearing a Bulls uniform in 2017-18, there's no reason why he can't have another top-10 finish. The Bulls will face Boston in the first round, the team that Butler has been linked to for a couple of years.
Apr 12 - 10:28 PM

Jimmy Butler posted 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals over 31 minutes in Monday's 122-75 win against the Magic.

Butler was a perfect 7-for-7 from the charity stripe, but his stat line wasn't terribly impressive. He can do so much more. He'll face the Nets in the regular-season finale. He is averaging 31.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals over three outings against Brooklyn this season.
Apr 11 - 12:23 AM

Jimmy Butler's 33 points were not enough during a 107-106 loss in Brooklyn on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, five 3-pointers and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

It's almost not fair for Butler to be so much better than the rest of his team. LeBron James is the only Eastern Conference player with a better real plus/minus and Butler has likely secured a spot on one of the All-NBA Teams. Additionally, Butler ran the offense a ton and Wade's return doesn't seem like it will affect him negatively. His Bulls now only have a 0.5 game lead over the Heat for the No. 8 spot with the Heat playing in Washington at the time the Bulls lost. This is going to be a close one and Butler will be extremely busy the rest of the way.
Apr 8 - 7:53 PM

Jimmy Butler had 26 points, three boards, four assists, two steals, a block and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's ugly 100-91 loss to the Knicks.

He hit 9-of-18 shots but the Bulls needed more from him tonight. Chicago still holds the No. 7 seed, but are tied with the Pacers at 12.5 games back, and the Heat are just a 1/2 game behind the two of them. The playoff story is far from over at the bottom of the East and the Bulls are going to need the most they can get from Butler down the stretch.
Apr 4 - 11:33 PM

Jimmy Butler finished with 39 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and a blocked shot over 39 minutes in Sunday's win at New Orleans.

In other words Butler had a point per minute, which is pretty darn good production. He was perfect from behind the arc, hitting all three of his attempts, and he converted eight of his 10 trips to the charity stripe. It was a pretty strong night at the office for Butler, who is now averaging 30.6 points, 8.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game over the past five contests.
Apr 2 - 10:09 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 33 points (11-of-20 FGs, 10-of-10 FTs) to lead the Bulls to a huge 106-104 win over the Hawks on Saturday, adding eight assists, five rebounds, one block and one triple in 43 minutes.

He wasn't messing around tonight. Butler didn't take a seat during the second half and scored the final nine points for the Bulls including a pair of free throws to seal the game. The Bulls were down by 10 points in the fourth, but Butler put the team on his back and carried them to their third straight win. Chicago jumped from the No. 9 seed to the No. 7 seed with this win, and while they have the same record as the Heat and Pacers, they hold the tiebreaker over both teams.
Apr 1 - 8:25 PM

Jimmy Butler scored 25 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Cavs during a 99-93 win on Thursday.

That's another TNT home win to make it 19 straight for the Bulls in that situation. The Bulls have also swept the season series against the Cavs 4-0 to help put them just 1.0 games behind the Pacers and Heat, who are tied for seeds No. 7 and 8. As for Jimmy, he was hit in the eye and had to go to the locker room early in the first half. He did return and looked fine, but Butler had an eye patch after the game and said he's calling himself "One Eyed Willie, like from The Goonies." Butler should be all set for a big game against the Hawks on Saturday.
Mar 30 - 11:36 PM

Jimmy Butler (left eye) was out on the court getting shots up prior to the start of the second half of Thursday's game against the Cavs and will start the third quarter.

He went to the locker room to have his left eye checked on, but started the second half despite having limited vision in his left eye. Hopefully it will heal quickly and he won't miss any time, as the Bulls clearly need him right now if they're going to have a shot at making the playoffs.
Mar 30 - 9:26 PM

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PG1Jerian Grant
2Cameron Payne
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SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Anthony Morrow
4Isaiah Canaan
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Paul Zipser
PF1Bobby Portis
2Nikola Mirotic
3Joffrey Lauvergne
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio