Jimmy Butler: I’ll ask to guard Steph Curry

SHARE Jimmy Butler: I’ll ask to guard Steph Curry

Warriors guard Steph Curry is off to one of the best starts in NBA history, but Jimmy Butler isn’t backing down.

The Bulls’ star said he’ll ask coach Fred Hoiberg to assign him to Curry when Chicago takes on Golden State Friday night in Oakland.

“I look forward to guarding everybody in this league, especially a prime-time scorer like him,” Butler said, via ESPN. “So I’ll ask Coach for that matchup. No disrespect to him, but I like that.”

Lately,  regardless of who’s been guarding him, Curry has been unstoppable.

He poured in another 40 points last night in a win over the Clippers and leads the NBA with more than 34 points per game. James Harden, the next leading scorer, averages 28.8.

To put that in perspective, Michael Jordan averaged more than 34 points per game just twice during his NBA career. He averaged a career-high 37 in 1986-87.

Butler was frequently praised by former coach Tom Thibodeau as one of the best defenders in the league, but his new coach wouldn’t commit to putting Butler on Curry for the entire game.

“(Butler’s) going to spend some time on him, there’s no doubt about that,” Hoiberg said, via ESPN. “But other guys are going to have to step up to that challenge as well. Jimmy played almost 43 minutes (Wednesday) night.”

Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m.

The best Bulls player to wear each number

The Latest
The Hawks should be fairly quiet ahead of the deadline Friday, but Johnson is one of few guys who could be moved. The former Lightning forward admitted it’s “pretty hard to not completely think about it.”
Beverley’s stay with the Bulls last season was successful in the standings, but not so much in the locker room. But just because the organization moved off the hometown guy doesn’t mean toughness still isn’t an issue.
Notre Dame’s Joe Alt was born to be a left tackle.
Kraus scored nine points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field during the third quarter. That quarter gave the Rockets (25-11) the cushion they needed as they won back-to-back IHSA Class 1A state championships in their 48-36 win over the Illini Bluffs (32-5) at Illinois State’s CEFCU Arena.
“I had a moment of frustration with the audio issue we were having,” Cronin told the Sun-Times on Saturday, “and I said something I shouldn’t have said, not realizing I had a live mic.”