As “punishment” for recent public comments about their teammates, Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade had to come off the bench against the Miami Heat. Butler checked in midway through the first quarter and missed all four of his shots in the opening quarter. Things didn’t get much better in the 2nd, after picking up two fouls within a minute, Butler checked himself out.
The All-Star guard would go on to have the worst shooting night of his career, missing 12 of his 13 shots, both 3-pointers and 1 of 2 free-throws in 33 minutes of action.
“Nope. I just didn’t hit shots,” Butler said when asked if the benching affected his game. “I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. I’m not down on myself. I’ve still got to be who I am.”
Wade missed 11 of his 17 shots and the Bulls ended up losing by 12 for their 2nd loss in a row.
“It’s the worst game we’ve played all year, in my opinion,” Coach Hoiberg said.