Jimmy Butler Shining in Derrick Rose’s Absence for Chicago Bulls

November 18th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

With superstar Derrick Rose shuffling in and out of the lineup, the Chicago Bulls have needed someone to help cover his absences.

Thanks to fourth-year swingman Jimmy Butler, the Bulls have found a remedy for that situation—and a second star for their backcourt.

The Marquette product has helped bring stability to a franchise that logic says should be struggling to find its footing. With no Rose or Pau Gasol, Butler powered the undermanned Bulls to a 105-89 road win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday with 22 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

"The testament was to Jimmy," Taj Gibson said after the game, per Bulls.com's Sam Smith. "He really took over the game late. We were going to him, iso-ing him. He's become one of those go-to players we are going to. Jimmy's focused, and he's having a big year. The sky is the limit for him."

Butler's mastery on Monday night followed a familiar script. He didn't dominate in any single area of the game, he controlled several of them.

As Chicago Red Eye's Adam Jun noted, Butler ...

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