Butler: "We were just lazy. I hate this word — and soft. I hate it. But that's exactly what we were. They beat us at every 50/50 ball."
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 18, 2017
After a strong performance from the 27-year-old, he did have every right to call out his teammates for what he perceived to be just a total lack of fight and effort.
Buckets was at his usual best filling up the stat sheet with 28 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two three-pointers. The Texas native has been impressive all season long with averages of 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.1 assists as he pays dividends to the Chicago front office for his huge $92 million 5-year contract.
Although the Bulls outscored the Wizards 35-28 in the final quarter, it was not enough to prevent John Wall and co. from claiming the victory.
This is yet another big blow for the Bulls and their postseason hopes as the loss puts them two games behind the eighth-seeded Miami Heat after the latter’s victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Hopefully, this unsympathetic statement from the Bulls’ leader serves as a rallying cry for the team as they look to get back to their winning ways and make a final push for the playoffs.