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As reported by Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com, Butler injured his ribs five days ago and was struggling to breathe over the past few days because his side was very sore. Although tired and sore with an ice pack around his midsection, Butler fought through the pain and scored 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 37 minutes against the Warriors.
Butler was driving to the basket and was playing his usual tenacious defense. Coach Tom Thibodeau was more concerned about how Butler would play offensively with him missing time.
"He had such a good rhythm going prior to the injury. It was good to see that he picked up right where he left off. I thought he had a really good rhythm and played great defense."Although Butler was struggled much of the season offensively, shooting just 39 percent from the flor, he's been playing better in spurts lately. He's hoping that trend continues throughout the rest of the regular season and into the playoffs. The Bulls will need Butler at his best during that time to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Butler is in his third season out of Marquette. He averaged 8.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting last season, following a rookie season in which he played sparingly, only averaging 2.6 points per game. In 42 games this season, Butler is averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 rebounds, in 36.6 minutes per game.