Jimmy Butler, G-F: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 (Nov 18 12:00 ET ) Butler led six players in double figures with 22 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-89 Monday night to improve to 6-0 on the road for the first time since 1996-97.
Jimmy Butler scored 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one three and a 9-of-10 mark from the foul line in Monday's win.
The Scoop:Butler is returning top-10 fantasy value and it's unclear where his shooting percentages are ultimately going to fall because he has clearly improved. Making an ungodly 80.6 percent from the line on 8.0 attempts per game, we're getting past issues involving small sample size too. The safe play is to sell him high in exchange for a well-positioned top-20 asset, but what fun would that be?
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : New York Times : Harvey Araton on the diverging careers of Danilo Gallinari and Carmelo Anthony. PF : NBA.com . David Aldridge’s always must-read Monday piece details the change in Golden State, and Joe Johnson’s thoughts on his NBA future. SF : BBallBreakdown . A smart look at what Steve Nash and the Los Angeles Lakers can do as they ride out his uneasy final year in LA. SG : Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel . Don’t look now, but Brandon Knight is having a hell of a year in Milwaukee. PG : Blog-a-Bull . The same goes for Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. If Chicago’s history holds up, Butler is gone this summer. 6th : Hardwood Paroxysm . The television is the advanced statistical community’s best chance at bringing this new’ish numbers to the masses. 7th : Inside the Warriors . Marreese Speights is in shape, and playing fantastic ball off the bench for that winning Golden State team. 8th : SB Nation . Bill Walton remains remarkably and endearingly goofy. 9th : SB Nation . Tom Ziller explains why Rudy Gay’s contract extension is a sound move for both sides. 10th : Sports Illustrated . Rob Mahoney with a cool feature we hope sticks: ten NBA plays you may have missed this week. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
The Scoop:This news comes out of nowhere, and the Bulls are describing the injury as just soreness in his left ankle. Check back for updates prior to tip-off, but if Butler can't go, expect Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Brooks, and even Tony Snell to pick up some extra minutes. Stay tuned.