Chris Bosh made it back in transition, but it probably would have been better for the big man if he hadn't:
well, then jimmy butler put bosh in a gif.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) March 28, 2013
Well, at least we're not pretending posters still exist.
Anyway, Butler's slam was just the latest entry in his growing case as one of the league's most underrated players. With great athleticism and a high-octane engine on defense, Butler gives the Bulls a truly dynamic wing player who stands out on their otherwise earthbound roster.
Perhaps because of the Bulls' generally highlight-free performances, some observers didn't seem totally used to describing plays like Butler's:
Jimmy Butler landed on Chris Bosh and it was cool (Sorry, can't think of anything clever).— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) March 28, 2013
Well hello, Jimmy Butler.— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) March 28, 2013
Come on, fellas; we can do better than that, can't we?
Jimmy Butler climbs up the dinosaur's back and yams it. Bulls with momentum again.— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) March 28, 2013
There. That's more like it. Still, it's a little disappointing that nobody pointed out that it might have been Butler—and not a meteor—that caused the dinosaurs' extinction.
Butler may be earning a reputation as a dunker around the league, but the truth is that he's the heir (and maybe air) apparent at shooting guard in Chicago. Rip Hamilton's injury has opened a spot in the starting lineup, and Butler's play—both of the spectacular and fundamental variety—has made it practically impossible to justify sending him back to the bench.