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  • 25 Jun
    导出博客文章LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Butler called his shot before Sundays 118-110 win over the
    Los Angeles Lakers. The Chicago Bulls All-Star swingman knew he would have to
    score more on Sunday with the Bulls playing without Dwyane Wade, who was sitting
    out the game to rest on the second night of a back-to-back.So Butler, who is
    averaging 24.0 points per game this season, told his head coach, Fred Hoiberg,
    that he would take matters into his own hands as the Bulls tried to bounce back
    from a tough loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.He told me
    before the game, Coach, Im going for 40 tonight, Hoiberg said. And he did
    it.Butler finished the game with a season-high 40 points, going 14-for-23 from
    the field and 12-for-14 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds and six
    assists in 40 minutes. In a month full of dominating performances, Butler saved
    his best game of the short season when his team needed it most.He is playing
    with a tremendous amount of confidence, and thats where it starts, Hoiberg said.
    If you believe you can do it, thats a pretty good place to start. Jimmy thinks
    every time he steps on the floor hes the best player out there, and more often
    than not hes right. Thats a big thing is the confidence and the belief in
    yourself, and he definitely has that.Butler doesnt want to acknowledge publicly
    that he feels he is the leagues best player, but that is the mindset he has
    taken with him on the floor over the past few weeks. He has scored at least 20
    points in eight straight games.I think thats the way I have to think, Butler
    said. If I dont, then I look at it as being just another player thats out there.
    My teammates tell me to play like that, to think like that, but at the same time
    even though D-Wades out, hes still helping me through this process and letting
    me know what I should be doing. Late in the game, early in the game, its great
    to have him in my corner.As for his prediction before the game, Butler playfully
    smiled after being told of Hoibergs words.Butlers performance without Wade is
    even more impressive when compared to LeBron James numbers while playing without
    the future Hall of Famer. As ESPN Stats & Information points out: In 55
    games LeBron played without Wade, he scored 40 three times. James didnt do it
    until his 14th game without Wade. Butler did it his first time out.I just felt
    like thats what my team was going to need from me to tell you the truth, Butler
    said. For me to be aggressive, to put the ball in the basket, with our
    second-leading scorer out, I knew I had to pick up the pace a little bit. So
    that was my mindset. Play defense as well but go out and put the ball in the
    hole.Butlers teammates figured that the 27-year-old was ready to have a big
    game.Before the game, before the ball jumped up, he came to me [and] just said,
    Come on, lets get it done, Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. I saw it in his eyes,
    the desperation and understanding that we got to win this game. This is a big
    game for us, especially on a back-to-back after losing a tough one which we
    thought we should have won [Saturday] night, so I saw it in his eyes. He was
    intense, [Rajon] Rondo was intense, but hes just showing more leadership day by
    day.The Bulls are now 3-1 on their annual Circus Trip and play the Denver
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    inconsistent kicker and a thin defence that wouldnt break. TOKYO -- Former
    champions Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych lost at the Japan Open on
    Wednesday.Top-seeded Nishikori was forced to retire with a left glute problem in
    the first set of his second-round match against Joao Sousa.Third-seeded Berdych
    fell to Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the first round.Nishikori
    was up 3-0 when he received medical treatment on his left glute while lying
    facedown on the court for several minutes.The 2012 and 2014 champ served two
    weak double faults in the next game, and appeared in pain when chasing the ball.
    He held serve, but lost the next three games before calling a halt while leading
    4-3 in his first matchup with Sousa.Nishikori, ranked No. 5, saw a doctor after
    the match, and will have a scan Thursday.Sousa moved on to face fifth-seeded
    David Goffin. The Belgian beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 7-5.Also, fourth-seeded Marin
    Cilic rallied to defeat Spanish baseliner Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-5,
    7-5.ddddddddddddBerdych captured his first ATP title of the season when he
    retained his Shenzhen Open crown in China on Sunday, but his first-round defeat
    in Tokyo dented his bid for the ATP Finals. He is ninth in the race for the
    elite eight-man finals, which hes played for the last six years.A weary Berdych,
    the 2008 champ, squandered three break points in the sixth game then failed to
    convert a set-point in the first tiebreaker.After falling 3-0 behind in the
    second set, the Czech called for a trainer to treat a left glute complaint, and
    was unable to stop Muller, who fired 12 aces.At the beginning of the second set,
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