In a mid-winter game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, starting small forward Luol Deng was injured and Chicago needed somebody to defend Carmelo Anthony. “Go guard Carmelo,” Thibodeau grumbled, and Butler assumed he should do nothing else. “If I just guard Carmelo,” he reasoned, “I can’t f— up. So if anybody passes me the ball, I’m going to pass it right back.” On one possession, the Knicks doubled Rose, who swung the ball to Butler. He immediately returned it. In the ensuing timeout, Rose told Butler, “Yo, when I give you the ball, look to score.” Butler shook his head. “No,” he replied, “I’m only guarding Carmelo.”
October 20, 2017 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2015, the summer before his senior year of high school. He experienced swelling in the knee after shootaround Friday, and the decision was made to not start him less than an hour before the game.