||11-10-2012 03:24 PM
Butler understands, embraces role on second unit
Slowly but surely, Tom Thibodeau is learning to rely on second year reserve Jimmy Butler.
The defensive stopper filled his role to a T on Thursday night, entering the game and shutting down Oklahoma City’s second unit and playing his usual superb help defense.
Martin had six points in less than three minutes before Butler even stepped on the court. But Butler, staying within the pace of the game and manning up on Martin, held the Thunder’s new sixth man to two points and two turnovers the final nine minutes of the half. Butler was plus-five in the second half, pulling the Bulls within one at halftime.
“I feel like whenever I get out there I try to the best of my ability to not let my guy score, while at the same time playing good help defense. I feel like that’s my role on the team so I’ve got to stick to that.”
It’s true Butler has seen the court this season to lock down opponents, but his rising confidence can be seen on the other end of the court as well...
I really hope Butler develops into a role player, he needs to improve his jumper however I have been impressed with his defense and his ability to get to the line.
||11-10-2012 06:56 PM
Re: Butler understands, embraces role on second unit
Have to love all of the potential he displays defensively. He can really turn into a defensive stopper at this rate and it's always important to have that type of player on your roster since there is so many good scorers around the league. If he turns into more than that will depend on how much he develops offensively. His ball handling and jump shot did improve a bit, but he obviously still has work to do in those departments.
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