Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/29/13
CHICAGO -- Bulls forward Jimmy Butler is only in his second NBA season, but he appears ready for any challenge. After playing well as a starter for five games in place of the injured Luol Deng, Butler returned to a reserve role Monday, yet he still scored a career-high 19 points as Chicago held off the Charlotte Bobcats 93-85 at the United Center. Deng, who missed time with a right hamstring strain, was back in the starting lineup, and he scored 12 points in 31 minutes. "Honestly, I was a little worried," Deng said. "I haven't gone full speed like that. I was worried a little bit about the change of speed, so I'm happy to not have setbacks or any problems. I felt a little tight, but didn't feel like I felt before I did it the last time." Even with Deng's return, Butler stayed in the spotlight. He's been a pleasant surprise all season after being drafted with the No. 30 pick out of Marquette a year ago. After Monday's performance, Carlos Boozer lobbied to get Butler in the ro...
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