Bulls teammates praised the recent efforts from the Bench Mob, most notably Jimmy Butler who had previously seen limited minutes with the roster healthy, but came up big against the Knicks last night. He was all over the floor having a hand in loose balls, got the crowd roaring with his fast break and-1 followed which ultimately pulled the momentum in favor of the Bulls, and when guarding him, didn’t let Carmelo Anthony have an inch of breathing room.
“They’re (Jimmy and Taj) the reason why we won this game.” – Derrick Rose
“We really needed his energy. There was a lot of loose balls out there that he got to for us. Those are things you might not see in a stat line, but he affected the game tonight and I’m proud of the rookie.” – Joakim Noah
“Great team win Jimmy Butler stepped up huge for us tonight.” - Ronnie Brewer
“Great win tonight and big game out of D Rose and Jimmy Butler and Taj was a beast on the boards” -John Lucas III
“Impressed with the play of Jimmy Butler last night and as of late. He gets after it and definitely helps this
#Bulls team.” – HOF Scottie Pippen
Watch his multiple efforts on two crucial Bulls possessions late in the fourth: