Re: Jimmy Butler
"‘Defense is a big part of my game, and I try really hard,’’ Butler said. ‘‘My teammates, they have the confidence in me that I can guard whoever I’m lined up against. I think that’s big, but it’s not just me on defense. It’s me and four other guys, and that makes it a lot easier knowing that the tough matchup I may have on a given night, I have four defenders behind me giving me great help.’’
As the season has gone on, coach Tom Thibodeau has placed more responsibility on Butler. When the Bulls last hosted the New York Knicks on March 12, Butler checked Carmelo Anthony. The task of guarding one of the league’s elite scorers raised Butler’s confidence and also gave him pause to sigh when talking before the Bulls’ final regular-season game against the Knicks on Tuesday.
-- Chicago Sun-Times