In a sense, Mirotic knows he’s left plenty on the table as far as his play through the years and seems to be content with playing with a sense of freedom as the season concludes, whether he’s back with the Bulls or not for next year and beyond. “I just wanna leave a good impression for the Bulls,” Mirotic said. “Whatever decision they make. It’s been a pleasure. A lot of people dream to be here, I was one of those guys when I was in Europe. I was really like, I wanna go there and play for the Bulls. The history they have. For me, it’s a dream come true. Whatever decision they make, I make, whatever. I don’t know. The years here have been great. I know it’s been up and down. It’s been a pleasure and I just wanna finish right.”
Butler, averaging over 7 assists since Feb. 1 and a career-high 5.5 overall, has incorporated film study of players getting double-teamed as well as shooting over double teams into workouts with his personal trainer. “I’m learning,” Butler said. “I think I can still be better with my decision-making, what to do and when to do it. Hell, 70 games in, I guess it’s still a learning curve for me and for everybody else. Hopefully, I continue to make the right plays.”