Jimmy Butler starts on sidelines after controversial comments

Jimmy Butler led the Chicago Bulls in taking part in time Friday night time regardless of coming off the bench as a disciplinary measure handed down by coach Fred Hoiberg.

The issue for the Bulls: Butler by no means discovered his recreation.

Butler went 1-for-13 from the sector and was held to 3 factors in a 100-88 loss to the visiting Miami Warmth.

“I will be again,” he stated. “I promise I might be again. I’m not apprehensive in any respect.”

Butler, sidelined to start out the sport as punishment for his feedback after a loss Wednesday night time, nonetheless led the Bulls in minutes with 33. He additionally was restricted to 2 assists.

“We clearly had a really emotional day,” Hoiberg stated. “It is not an excuse for the way we performed. It is the worst recreation we have performed all 12 months, for my part.”

Dwyane Wade additionally got here off the bench for related feedback and led the Bulls with 15 factors. However his efforts weren’t sufficient to make up for Butler’s struggles.

Butler was the primary off bench and acquired a loud ovation from the United Middle crowd when he checked in with 6:53 remaining within the first quarter. Wade additionally acquired a loud ovation when he entered 28 seconds later.

Butler and Wade had delivered a transparent message in postgame feedback Wednesday to the media after a loss to Atlanta.