A tough result for second-year head coach Billy Donovan and the Chicago Bulls in a loss in the back end of back-to-back games at home at the United Center on the night of Nov. 27 saw them fall short to longtime head coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat. This was an opportunity for Donovan and the Bulls to prove they’re a top team in the Eastern Conference against another premier contender like the Heat.
And this was a return for the former Bulls star shooting guard/small forward Jimmy Butler to the United Center, where he started out his NBA career for his first six seasons in the league. Butler had quite the impressive showing for the Heat, especially on the defensive end of the floor, in his team’s 107-104 win on Nov. 27 over the Bulls.
Butler came up with a game-high five steals in a dominant defensive effort for the five-time All-Star selection. He also registered 18 points, four rebounds, five assists, no blocks, and one turnover. And Butler shot a rather pedestrian 6-of-15 from the field, 0-of-4 from beyond the arc, and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line.
Jimmy Butler impressed by new-look Chicago Bulls team, despite the loss to Heat
After downing the Bulls at the United Center this weekend, Butler did have some good things to say about this rejuvenated Chicago squad. He reportedly stated after this game that he thinks the Bulls are “a really good team” and that “it’s always great to see Chicago winning”.
Butler was a fan favorite in Chicago during his six years with the Bulls. Three of his five-career All-Star nods came during his six seasons with the Bulls.
Moreover, Butler is finding a ton of success with the Heat this season, as he’s playing like a dark horse MVP contender out of the gates. He’s averaged around 24 points per game, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and 0.5 blocks, through 17 games played.
Following the loss to Butler and the Heat on the night of Nov. 27, the Bulls are now sitting on a record of 13-8. Next up for the Bulls following this tough three-point loss to the Heat is a matchup against the Charlotte Hornets at home on Nov. 29.