Jimmy Butler cemented his spot in Bulls' history by crossing the one-hour mark in playing time during Wednesday's triple-overtime win at Orlando.
Butler officially logged 60 minutes and 20 seconds against the Magic. The previous team was held by John Salmons, who played 59:56 in the epic triple-overtime playoff game against Boston in 2009.
It was a gutty win over Orlando, but with this Bulls team, the inevitable question is, "What happens now?"
When Kirk Hinrich played 59:36 (third on the list) in last season's triple-overtime playoff win over Brooklyn, he sat out the rest of the postseason with a calf injury.
For four quarters in Wednesday's game, Butler struggled to stay in front of Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo. Maybe that was because Oladipo is an amazing athlete, but it's also likely Butler is not 100 percent healthy because of the lingering turf toe injury on his right foot.
We'll have to wait and see if Butler is ready to play in Friday's rematch with Washington. The Wizards snapped the Bulls' five-game winning streak Monday at the United Center.
While sitting on the floor in the locker room after his 60-minute performance, Butler was asked if he would have been able to play a fourth overtime.
"I would have played, but 911 would have been on speed dial," he said, according to espn.com.
Teammate Joakim Noah, who played a relatively paltry 49 minutes against the Magic, suggested spending recovery time in the kitchen.
"I feel like we should definitely bake him a cake for playing 60 minutes," Noah told reporters. "I'm really happy for him that he made a franchise record."
Butler finished well short of the NBA record for single-game playing time. Seattle and Milwaukee played five overtimes on Nov. 9, 1989, which resulted in Dale Ellis playing 69 minutes while Sonics teammate Xavier McDaniel reached 68.
And maybe it's encouraging news that in 2009, Salmons was able to play in Game 7 against Boston two days later, although he hit just 3 of 12 shots and the Bulls lost.
Rookie Snell excels:
While Jimmy Butler was the Bulls' marathon man, rookie Tony Snell made the most of his smaller opportunity.
Snell hit a couple of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Tom Thibodeau to leave him on the floor for most of the three overtimes.
Besides hitting the 3-pointers, Snell showed some versatility by driving the lane for a monster one-hand dunk and hitting a hanging runner in the lane. He also knocked down the go-ahead, 20-foot jumper with 48.6 seconds left in the third OT. Snell scored all of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and overtimes.
Snell showed some offensive aggression against Washington on Monday, but asked about the rookie forward after the game, Thibodeau's answer was brief and pointed -- he still has a long way to go on defense.
None of the Bulls played great defense against Orlando, but maybe Snell has taken Thibodeau's message to heart. He'll get extended minutes again if Butler can't make it back from his 60-minute performance.
Two old friends return:
There were two familiar faces on the Bulls bench Wednesday. Guard Marquis Teague returned from a D-League assignment and Derrick Rose sat on the bench for the first time since having right knee surgery on Nov. 26.
Teague played eight games with the Iowa Energy, averaging 12 points and 4.8 assists, while shooting 46 percent from the field.
Most of the Bulls have said they enjoy having Rose around and it's nice to see him off crutches. But there isn't any deeper meaning to Rose's return. It's way too soon to speculate if he could make it back this season.
Noah supports true fans:
Joakim Noah was asked about fans who would like to see the Bulls lose in order to get a better draft pick. Based on personal observations, there is widespread support for such a plan.
"You're allowed to have your opinion," Noah said, according to espn.com. "It's just ... that's not a real fan to me. You want your team to lose? What is that? But it's all good.
"It's different to have an opinion when you're like watching it from your couch compared to when you're out living it every day."