After the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 95-83, at the United Center, thanks in no small part to the defense of one Jimmy Butler — and Kirk Hinrich's offensive explosion, but still — it is time for a celebration of his talents. Regular readers will know that we are big fans of Mr. Butler here at Bulls 101, and that yours truly has been leading the #FreeJimmy charge since the beginning of the season. In celebration of his excellent job on Kobe Bryant, I have penned the following sonnet to him. Please enjoy.
(For actual analysis of the game, go read Avi Saini's Game Grades. Please forgive him for only giving Jimmy an A-.)
He came to play dressed all in red and white
The foe was the Lake Show, gold resplendent.
Their star took the floor and prepared to fight
Jimmy stared down The Kobe Bean Bryant.
He began with a miss from 20 feet.
But then he found his groove and hit two shots,
The D was good, but it was not complete
He buckled down and set his Texan feet.
From that point on, the tides began to turn.
In crunch time Bean could not get free to shoot.
Jimmy hounded him at every turn,
With each missed shot the crowd let out a 'WOOT!'
Jimmy faced down the fearsome foe himself,
This here is why I love him so, myself.
As much as I adore Jimmy and as much as I rag on Hinrich, it's hard to ignore Captain Kirk when he has a game like this. He was hitting jumpers all over the place, crossing up Steve Nash, playing OK defense…it was nice to watch, given how terrible he usually is. I've pretty well beaten Hot Tub Kirk Machine into the ground at this point, but he seriously looked like his 2007 self last night. It would be nice if he did this more often, but I won't hold my breath.
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