In case you’ve been living under a rock this year, the Los Angeles Lakers are turning into one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012-13 season as they continue to struggle playing together after acquiring Dwight Howard and Steve Nash to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol during the offseason. Not only is the team 17-24 at this point in the season, but they’re coming off a disappointing loss to the Chicago Bulls in which Bryant was dominated by swingman Jimmy Butler.
Bryant is coming off one of his most disappointing outings of the regular season after he finished with just 16 points against the Bulls on 7 of 22 shooting–mainly because of a solid defensive performance by Butler. Chicago has needed all of the help in the world this season while Derrick Rose continues to recover from a torn ACL suffered in last year’s playoffs and with a performance like this–Butler showed how valuable he can be to this team.
Not only are the Bulls thankful for this key win, but Butler has to be pleased with his new nickname of “Kobe Stopper” thanks to his strong performance. As one of the top scorers in the league, Butler should be proud over what he was able to accomplish against one of the league’s top players the other night.
If the Bulls can see more performances like this from Butler over the remainder of the regular season, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be able to compete for a solid playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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