Jimmy Butler, Dwyane Wade call out Bulls teammates, bash effort after loss
Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade went in on their teammates’ effort following a difficult Bulls loss to the Hawks on Wednesday night.
Chicago fell cold in the fourth quarter and blew a 10 point lead in the final three minutes of the game, losing 119–114. The Hawks never led until taking control in the fourth. Chicago dropped to 23–24 and an unremarkable 14–10 on their home court.
Butler scored 40 points in 40 minutes while Wade added 33 points in 31 minutes, with Doug McDermott’s 10 making him the only other Bull in double figures. At one point late in the game, Butler and Wade combined to score 21 straight points.
Wade, the team’s elder statesman in his first year with Chicago, questioned if his teammates cared enough. Butler echoed that. “It just doesn't mean enough to guys around here. And it pisses me off,” Wade told reporters.
Wade said this loss hurts him more than younger players and that shouldn't be case. "I don't know if people care enough."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 26, 2017
Butler jumps on the pile: "We don't play hard enough. This is your job. I want to play with guys who care."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 26, 2017
Butler made it clear he wants to win now -- brushed off a question about the trade deadline and what would happen. Saying it's not his job.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) January 26, 2017
Wade, not a happy camper: "A game like that, you don't find a way to lose it. But we stuck our foot in our mouth...again."— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) January 26, 2017
Wade: "This just can’t be acceptable if you want to do anything besides have an NBA jersey on and make some money. That’s all we’re doing."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 26, 2017
"I can look at Jimmy and say Jimmy is doing his job. I think Jimmy can look at me and say Dwyane is doing his job,” Wade said. “I don’t know if we can keep going down the line and be able to say that.”