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Jimmy Butler can barely believe his 48-minute streak

May 8, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler

It’s been nine days since Jimmy Butler missed a second of a Bulls game. With Luol Deng out and Kirk Hinrich likely out for Game 2 against the heat tonight, it’s a reasonable expect Butler will play 48 minutes for the fourth straight game.

How is he preparing? Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘‘Rest, rest and more rest,’’ Butler said Tuesday. ‘‘Maybe sit outside in the sun instead of in your hotel room. But definitely stay off your feet.’’

‘‘It definitely is [surreal],’’ said Butler, who was drafted 30th overall in 2011 out of Marquette. ‘‘This whole experience is. Being from a small town in Texas, nobody knowing or expecting me to be in this position — an NBA starter playing 48 minutes in a playoff game — nobody ever thought that would happen in a million years. Hell, I didn’t believe it when I was in Tomball.’’

Only LeBron James, Dan Majerle, Nick Van Exel and Allen Iverson have played more 48-minute games in a single postseason since 1986. With at least four games left in the playoffs for the Bulls, Butler could tie LeBron with seven 48-minutes games.

But LeBron might be the biggest obstacle to Butler keeping his streak alive. Butler fared well in Game 1 – posting 21 points and 14 rebounds and defending LeBron relatively well – but continuing to guard LeBron will certainly be exhausting and require at least a short break. Right?

  1. LilTmac2003 - May 8, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Yeah, Jimmy G. Buckets (The G stands for GETS) has played 3 games fully without an ounce of rest.

    Sure, he needs 4 more to tie LeBron, but you’re did include an interesting stat/fact in the article.

    He tied the record for most consecutive playoff games being played fully. If he plays all 48 next game, he’ll own the record for most consecutive at 4.

    #GeauxBulls

  2. gmsalpha - May 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    He has a very good shot at the record. His coach is Tom Thibideau, who has no concept of resting players.

  3. pudgalvin - May 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    The most impressive part of the streak has that for the duration, he’s either been guarding Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Lebron James or Dwayne Wade, and doing a pretty good job at it.

  4. chitownmatt - May 8, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Jimmy Buckets is becoming a special player primarily for the way he approaches the game in such a mature way and listens to his coaches.

    I hope he keeps LBJ to another 2 point half tonight….”hope”

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Young legs. He ought to be able to run all playoffs. He’ll have 3 1/2 months to rest up.

  6. badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:47 AM

    Memo to Jimmy the great. No nightclubs, stripclubs,casinoes hotel orgies, farm animals or late night movies.That covers it. Good luck and work hard.

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