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Jimmy Butler says ‘brutal’ film session might motivate Bulls for Game 2

Updated: April 22, 2013 12:09AM



NEW YORK — How did the Bulls spend their afternoon Sunday in New York City?

It was a good day for them to gather and take in a horror movie because that’s exactly what the film session from the Game 1 loss Saturday to the Brooklyn Nets resembled.

‘‘It was bad,’’ second-year swingman Jimmy Butler said of the game tape from the 106-89 loss. ‘‘We’re supposed to be a defensive team, and we can’t even get in the right position on the ball. The help-side [defense] was terrible . . . it was brutal.’’

With that said, Butler was hoping the embarrassment of Game 1 would take a
team already motivated to play Game 2 to an even higher level.

‘‘Watching that is more motivation, as far as I’m concerned,’’ Butler said. ‘‘I mean, it’s the playoffs, so you are motivated to a high level. But you don’t ever want to get your [butt] kicked on national TV, not to mention in a playoff game. I feel like that gives us that willpower to do what we know.

‘‘We came [to New York] to do one thing, and that was to get a game, play extremely hard. People can say the [Nets] are the underdog, but we know we are the underdog, and that’s fine. We’ll go into every matchup as the underdog so we can prove everybody wrong.’’

Decision time

Coach Tom Thibodeau played Rip Hamilton and Marco Belinelli off the bench at shooting guard in Game 1 but said there’s a good chance it will be one or the other in Game 2.

‘‘We could [go with one], yeah,’’ Thibodeau said.

Hamilton got the first look off the bench but played only seven minutes. Belinelli, meanwhile, scored 13 points in 20 minutes. If Thibodeau does lean on one, it likely will be Belinelli.

Good to go

Point guard Kirk Hinrich left late in the third quarter of Game 1 with a bruised left thigh and didn’t return. He said he felt better Sunday and likely would start Monday.



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