Butler leads Bulls past Raptors

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Jimmy Butler scored 23 points, and the Bulls shot a season-high 60.8% from the field on their way to a 116-103 victory over the Raptors in Toronto on Wednesday.

Butler his seven of his eight field goal attempts, including 2/3 from behind the arc. He was also one of three Bulls who recorded five assists (Aaron Brooks, Joakim Noah) on a night that saw the Bulls move 1 1/2 games ahead of the Raptors in the race for the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

The Bulls bench outscored Toronto's 41-29, led by Tony Snell's 17 points in 17:30 of playing time. Snell came up huge in the 4th quarter, scoring nine points on 4/5 shooting in the final period as the Bulls overcame a 5-point deficit entering the final 12 minutes.


Mirotic, Gasol lead Bulls past Hornets in Butler's return

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Nikola Mirotic scored 28 points - including 14 in the 4th quarter - while Pau Gasol had 27 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as the Bulls beat the Charlotte Hornets 98-86 Monday night.

Jimmy Butler, who missed the Bulls' previous 11 games due to an elbow injury, added 19 points and 9 rebounds as the Bulls officially clinced a playoff berth for the seventh consecutive season.

Aaron Brooks had 13 points and a season-high 10 assists as the Bulls moved into a virtual tie for the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Raptors are still technically in 3rd by percentage points.


Mirotic nominated for Player of the Month

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Bullsville has learned that rookie forward Nikola Mirotic has been named as a finalist for the NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award.

Mirotic has been forced to play heavy minutes this month with Taj Gibson missing most of the month with an anke injury, and he has been playing at an All-Star level.

Through 11 games in March, Niko is averaging 20.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.33 blocked shots in 31.4 minutes per game. With Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler out because of injuries all month, Mirotic has stepped into the role of featured scorer and done an outstanding job.

The last Bull to be named Player of the Month was Jimmy Butler in November of 2014. Mirotic was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month in December of 2014.

The other current nominees are Washington's John Wall and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving.

Bullsville Blog joins SportsBlog.com

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The Bullsville Blog will be joining the rapidly-growing SportsBlog.com platform, effective immediately.

The Bullsville Blog had been hosted by the Tribune Company's ChicagoNow.com for the last three years, and the partnership allowed Bullsville to grow immensely in that time. But this move should allow for even more rapid growth, as SportsBlog spends 100% of their time and resources concentrating on the world of sports.

SportsBlog has been the fastest-growing sports site since its inception in 2012. According to PRWeb:

SportsBlog has seen a meteoric rise in comScore, first debuting in April 2014 as the 50th largest sports destination and climbing to #24 in May 2014 for sports cross-platform rankings. Launched less than two years ago, SportsBlog is experiencing record-level traffic on both desktop computers and mobile devices. In May, SportsBlog had more than 8 million unique visitors and 20 million monthly page views.

SportsBlog is also the official blogging platform for several current and former professional athletes and sports organizations, including Dale Ellis, Charlie Villanueva, Courtney Lee, Sam Perkins, and the National Basketball Players Association.
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