Butler blames himself for Bulls’ playoff absence

Jimmy Butler insists he is to blame for the Chicago Bulls’ failure to make the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

The Bulls finished the regular season two games behind the Detroit Pistons, who secured the eighth and final seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Overall, the Bulls ended their 2015/16 campaign with a record of 42-40.

While many would have expected the Bulls to have fared better, Butler believes it was his lack of consistency that ultimately led to his side missing out on the playoffs.

“I’m the reason that we did not make the playoffs,” Butler told the Chicago Tribune. “I’m fine with that. I’m not happy with it, but I’m fine with it. Because it’s only going to make me stronger and better.

“I wasn’t consistent enough. I had good games, average games, decent games and some terrible games. I don’t want to have terrible and decent games. Average games can get us over the hump. Really good ones can make us win.”

Butler shouldn’t be so hard on himself though, as he did average 20.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.6 steals in the 67 regular season games he played.