Butler has triple-double, fuels Bulls past 76ers 102-90
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 7:42
The Bulls rallied back and have the postseason in sight - just like Wade. "And also try to help our team continue to make this push that they've been doing an wonderful job of trying to get to the playoffs".
Both the Bulls and Pacers have three games left in their schedule.
While Butler is surging, Dwyane Wade is practicing and is listed as questionable to return from a fractured right elbow on Saturday when the Bulls visit the Brooklyn Nets.
The Bulls ruled Wade out for the remainder of the regular season after an MRI exam the next day, but he could now return for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets. Go deeper and you'll see the Bulls are scoring more points while allowing fewer, going from a minus-1.5 average scoring margin before Wade's injury to a plus-4.3 after.
"It gives us another scorer, another guy where it's harder to double-team Jimmy", Wade said.
"If he responds in a positive manner from the contact practice, we'll see", Fred Hoiberg told reporters. "I'm sure they'll ask me when I wake up how I feel, but as a player, I definitely want to get back on the floor".
Chicago lost to NY (the fourth-worst team in the East) 100-91 on Tuesday despite the Knicks missing three starters.
Layups: The Bulls used their 22nd lineup when they started Jerian Grant, Wade, Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Lopez.
Chicago Bulls forward Cristiano Felicio (6) guard Jerian Grant (2) and Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez fight for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 8, 2017, in NY.
20 Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot SF 6-6 5.8 ppg. Bulls star Jimmy Butler, who has been carrying the Bulls ever since Wade went down with the injury, said that is a lot "easier" when Wade is on the floor.
The Bulls need this win to stay in the playoff hunt and probably should win this game based on the talent gap.
The Bulls were a straight-up bad shooting team before Wade's injury, sitting dead last in the National Basketball Association with a 32.4 3-point percentage.
"We just couldn't get over the hump", said Sixers coach Brett Brown.
If you've followed this Bulls team all season long, you're not surprised at all by today's results. And then the Knicks trapped Butler on the inbounds to open the fourth quarter, causing the Bulls to call a timeout six seconds into the fourth. "But at this time of the year, with all the bumps and bruises he's going through and the defense knows he's getting the ball, I think this is the best stretch of his young career".
Dinwiddie then made two more free throws to seal the victory for the Nets. Brooklyn set a record for most points scored at the Wells Fargo Center, topping the total of 139 set by the Portland Trail Blazers in a 139-105 win over the Sixers on December 14, 2013. He is questionable. That could mean more minutes for former Sixer Michael Carter-Williams.
76ers: Brown brought his parents to the game.