Monday, May 23, 2011
Despite struggles, don't look for Butler
By Nick Friedell
MIAMI -- Despite the chorus calling for Rasual Butler growing louder with every missed shot by a Chicago Bulls shooting guard, don't expect that to happen.
Many -- including former NBA veteran and Comcast SportsNet analyst Kendall Gill -- would like to see the veteran guard get some time on the floor considering how much the three-headed combo of Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans and Ronnie Brewer has struggled in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat to hit shots, but I just don't think it's going to happen.
Butler has barely played since being signed in early March, and Tom Thibodeau doesn't strike me as the type who is going to run a guy out there for 20 minutes after icing him on the bench for three months, especially a shooter.
Thibodeau only feels confident in doing that with Kurt Thomas, because he knows the big man will play the same way no matter what. His game isn't predicated on jump shots, plus Thomas has been with the Bulls since training camp and knows the system inside and out. Butler hasn't been here nearly as long and didn't even dress for games the first few weeks he was with the team.
The best option for the Bulls right now is to continue to stick with their three-guard tripod and hope somebody gets hot. Korver only took two shots in Game 3 and has to find a way to get more looks. He is really the only long distance threat on this team ... or, the only one Thibodeau wants to play at the moment. Thibodeau is going to stick with the guys that got him to this point -- Butler wasn't one of them.