Jimmy Butler and Steph Curry were named the NBA Players of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon.
Butler — the Eastern Conference choice — responded to trade rumors by averaging 38 points, 9.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game as he led the Bulls to wins over the Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors.
The Bulls superstar scored 52 points against the Hornets (the first 50-point showing in the United Center by a Bull since some dude named Michael Jordan in 1997) and also added 20 points against the Cavs and 42 against the Raptors Saturday night.
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Butler made 42 of his 46 free throw attempts over the course of the week, chipping in seven steals, a block and eight threes.
Curry, meanwhile, took home the Western Conference Player of the Week honors after he averaged 31.8 points last week as the Golden State Warriors went 3-1.
On the season, Butler is averaging a career-high 25.6 points per game to go along with 6.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.8 steals.
He has improved his points-per-game average in all six of his NBA seasons.
On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast; Matt Peck, David Watson, and John Sabine recap the Bulls 104-88 win over Cleveland on Monday and discuss what this win means for the team and also the current state of the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls.
1:32 - Does beating the worst team in the league mean anything for the Bulls?
4:57 - Breaking down the wins in the 2018-19 Chicago Bulls season
8:50 - Are the Bulls willing to move on from Kris Dunn?
12:14 - On Wayne Selden Jr. getting more minutes than Jabari Parker
13:02 - Are the Outsiders "Night People?"
14:58 - Has it been better to be a Cavaliers fan or Bulls fan over the last 20 years?
21:09 - Three Potential Coaches who could replace Jim Boylen next season
23:45 - What if Stacey and Neil called Derrick Rose's game winner vs. Suns?
25:31 - The Outsiders "Dream" Coaching Candidates
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On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kelly Crull react to the Bulls win over the Cavaliers and Kendall explains why he thinks the Bulls should bring Derrick Rose back next season.
1:15 Bulls have several winnable games in upcoming stretch
2:45 On importance to team morale of beating the Cavs
3:30 Reaction to good game from Kris Dunn and importance of the next 3 months to him
8:45 Kendall on why players don’t get the development they need entering the NBA at 19 years old
12:00 Impact of losing on Zach LaVine
13:45 Kendall on why Derrick Rose would be a great fit for the Bulls next season
16:00 Why Bulls should look at Tobias Harris
18:00 Kendall discusses his dream lineup for next year
20:30 Expectations for upcoming home stand and what we’d like to see from the Bulls
23:30 Kelly on Bulls fans asking her questions at Cubs convention
Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:
Bulls Talk Podcast