The Chicago Bulls are still in the thick of things in Eastern Conference playoff race, despite losing former All-Star center Joakim Noah to injury for the rest of the season. One of the reasons behind the Bulls’ success is a much-improved chemistry between Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose.
Butler, who has recently been selected to participate in his second straight All-Star game, insists that he’s really happy with the way his chemistry with Rose has improved this season. He added that they are going to be just fine as long as Rose continues to attack the basket.
“We were laughing about it, saying the more games we get under our belt, the more comfortable we’re going to be,” Butler said in an interview with K.C Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
“I love playing with him. He’s super aggressive. He’s taking great shots. That’s what we need. As long as I follow his lead on that style of play, we’re going to be really good.”
Rose, on the other hand, wasn’t that much surprised on why he and Butler are now clicking as a backcourt tandem this season, crediting his two-way backcourt partner for being aggressive on the offensive end of the floor.
“It’s always going to improve,” Rose said of their chemistry. “This is new for me as it’s new for him, playing with an elite guard. We’re very young. The way that he has been playing is great.
“Like I always say, I want him to shoot more. But I just love his shot selection. And the way he’s driving to the lane, getting fouled, it helps our team all the way around.”
Butler, who signed a five-year, $95 million contract in the off-season, is averaging a career-high 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season, while Rose is tallying 15.3 points and 4.5 dimes in 31 minutes per contest.
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