News: Jimmer Fredette shines in D.J. Augustin’s absence

From CSNChicago.com and Aggrey Sam:

Considering that he was once the nation’s leading scorer as a BYU star, the 17 points Jimmer Fredette scored in Monday night’s 108-95 Bulls’ win over the Magic at the United Center was a rather modest total.

But for the reserve guard, who’s seen scant playing time since being acquired after being bought out by Sacramento, it was simply a pleasure to be a factor in a game that still means something. It doesn’t matter that he Fredette got his playing time because of the absence of D.J. Augustin — the Bulls’ regular backup point guard missed the game due to the birth of his son earlier Monday — just that he was a contributor.

“It’s been awesome to be with this team and see how their team camaraderie is, and see how they play basketball. So it’s been awesome to be part of the squad and to get some minutes, and to be able to help out with a win felt really good,” Fredette explained. “It felt very good. I was able to contribute in a meaningful game for us to try to help us get another win and get closer to our goal of trying to get that [No. 3] seed, and we’ll see how things go, but it felt really good to play.

“It’s something I’ve done a lot in my career so far, so you’ve just got to continue to be prepared and be professional, and like I said before, you never know when an opportunity’s going to come. So you’ve got to be able to take advantage of it when you get minutes and hopefully I was able to do that tonight,” he went on to say. “You always want to play as a competitor, but at the same time, you’ve got to be a good teammate and make sure your teammates know that you’re supporting them, and continue to do that. Whatever it is my role is on this team, that’s what you have to embrace and do the best job you can at it.

“You’re just trying to shrink the moment, and know that you’ve got to go out there and help the team, and not worry about yourself. Not worry about necessarily you have to play unbelievable right now. You’ve just got to go out there, do whatever it takes to help the team win because I feel like if you’re out there helping the team win, that’s the going to show good things on its own. So you’ve got to know that your teammates are out there, play with each other and do a little bit to make plays.”
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