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Dwyane Wade wants Bulls to put less pressure on Jimmy Butler

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The Chicago Bulls currently sit at 14-14, following a difficult loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. Dwyane Wade believes that to prosper, the team needs to become more versatile and stop putting pressure on Jimmy Butler to deliver when it matters, as per Nick Friedell of ESPN:

“That’s putting a lot of pressure on Jimmy,” Wade said. “Let’s just call it what it is. We put a lot of pressure on Jimmy in the fourth quarter to make a lot of plays because we’re running just one action, so we got to get more action, more body movement. And it’s got to come from us as players, too. Obviously, some of it’s playcalling as well. Some of it’s we got to get out of the way, we got to move. We got to keep them honest. We’re asking the young guy to make every shot he takes with bodies in front of him, step-backs and all these things. That’s not necessarily the easiest thing to do.”

Wade believes that the Bulls offense is too predictable and that in order for that to change, there needs to be a lot more movement off the ball:

“I think ideally we want to get to a point where we just want to move bodies, man. … Offensively, we got to be able to move bodies. It doesn’t matter if a guy knows who it’s going to. If the paint is packed because you’re running one action, then it’s going to be tough. A guy’s got to make an unbelievable shot.”

Butler agreed with Wade, while also suggesting that he has a duty to become at sharing the rock:

“Maybe so,” Butler said of Wade’s comments. “I guess I got to be a better playmaker. Get the ball up early, watch it, see what I see. I’m going to still play basketball the way I know how to play basketball. Good, bad and indifferent, I think I play to win. So I guess we all got to be better, including myself.”

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