Jimmy Butler is tired. After being a league leader in minutes throughout the season, and playing 53 minutes in a Game 2 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards, the Chicago Bulls swingman admits that he is feeling a little fatigued heading into Game 3. "I do," he said after Friday's shootaround. "I'm not going to lie about that. But that's only a mental state," he said. "Once you hit a certain point, it's just like you can't get more tired than this." Butler has played the role of iron man for the Bulls since Luol Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and it's a role that he embraces. But it's clear that the minutes have started to catch up with him. Butler isn't complaining about the extra time, joking that he doesn't need a breather, but he's not running from the fact that he would rather be in this situation than not playing at all. "I wanted to play," Butler said. "Whenever I wasn't playing as a first-year vet I always told [coach Tom Thibodeau] that I want to play. Hell, now I'm playing the whole game so I can't say too much about that." Thibodeau is confident that Butler can still be productive despite the minutes piling up.
Bulls' Butler tired but not complaining
ESPN Chicago | Apr 25