Butler and Thomas will be teammates for the Eastern Conference in Sunday's All-Star Game in New Orleans. "That's a bad call". "This is around the time when players start making excuses to kind of let up and let games fall, and those games come back and hurt you in the end".
Replays showed that the contact Smart was whistled for came with 1.0 to 1.2 seconds to play.
While it is widely believed that the Bulls are amenable to deal Butler if the price is right, no one knows the real price they are asking for.
With the Celtics up 103-102 with seconds remaining, Chicago's Jimmy Butler carried the ball up the court and took the final shot of the game, which did not go in. I moved my feet, I did everything right, my hands were up. He intercepted a pass intended for official Justin VanDuyne, who made the call, and began arguing with him. "You gotta live with it". Kelly Olynyk said he "thought the game was over and then it wasn't". "It was a roller coaster of emotions".
Doug McDermott tied the game immediately with a three on the first possession of the second quarter, but the Celtics countered the Bulls over the next six minutes with lethal 3-PT shooting from James Young and yfBB's favorite Celtic Terry Rozier. The injury didn't keep Jerebko out of any games, but he's hit just 25 percent of his shot attempts since suffering the break. He backed me big-time but I wasn't interested in taking all of his calls. "I feel good about our team and I feel good about the direction we're headed". Tonight it was in the high pick-and-roll game.
Trade talks to get Jimmy Butler to play alongside Isaiah Thomas and the Boston Celtics surfaced once again. Butler dribbled inside of the three-point line and spun back to take a fade away from the Bulls' logo located between the key and three-point line.
How many points per game does Thomas average on the second night of back-to-backs? The second-year guard has also provided a rebounding boost (three straight games with four boards in the last week) for the backcourt in Bradley's absence.
But Thomas, after getting his shot blocked by Gibson, recovered the rebound and drew a foul on the Bulls forward. Smart had 17 points and five assists Wednesday. Butler initiated offense, found open shooters (despite the misses) and finished with nine points of his own in the final period, essentially matching Thomas as best he could.
Thursday night was also important for a Bulls team caught in between contending in the East and tearing it all down in place of a rebuild.