July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Houston Rockets forward Jeremy Lamb (1) is guarded by Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) during the first half of the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago Bulls Fall to Rockets; Butler, Thomas Continue to Shine

SUMMER LEAGUE: Bulls 74, Celtics 79 – FINAL






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CHI: M. Thomas – 4/9, 10pts, 13rebs
HOU: R. White – 7/12, 15pts, 10rebs

The Chicago Bulls dropped their second game of their Summer League tour on Wednesday night, falling to the Houston Rockets. But unlike their first loss to the Celtics, the Bulls actually didn’t look as atrocious as it may seem.

First off, Jimmy Butler and Malcolm Thomas showed up to ball once again. They combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds and continued to show that they deserve a serious spot on an NBA roster. Butler obviously has that as he’s under contract to the Bulls, but Chicago is watching Butler to see how far along in his progression he is.

Thomas is a D-League veteran but has had little chance to prove himself at the NBA level, dabbling a bit with the San Antonio Spurs recently. But the way he’s performing in the Summer League, don’t be surprised to see Thomas get an invite to training camp.

As for the rest of the team, they have started to get their footing. Marquis Teague had an awful debut against the Celtics, committing 6 turnovers and scoring just  8 points.

In this second go-around, Teague looked a little more comfortable, scoring 14 points and dishing 5 assists. However his shooting percentage was still under 50 percent and he committed 5 turnovers.

To contrast the turnover rate mildly, Jeremy Lamb on the other side of the cout had 5 turnovers as well but he also doubled as a forward on the night.

But the encouraging part of the night yet again was Butler and Thomas and for two different, yet similar reasons. Butler is being watched for his progression and to see how close he is to taking over for Luol Deng, who leaves in two seasons. Thomas is equally as encouraging but he’s attractive because he can fil a roster spot a minimum salary.

The Bulls continue their Summer Circuit on Friday against Harrison Barnes and the Golden State Warriors.


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