Jimmy Butler (knee) is "feeling a lot better," according to coach Fred Hoiberg, the Chicago Tribune reports. "Jimmy is receiving treatment back home," Hoiberg said Monday morning. "He feels better. We still don't have a timeframe on everything but the important thing is he's feeling a lot better than he was a couple of days ago. He still has a lot of soreness in there. I would doubt he would play Wednesday but then we'll kind of make a determination from there."
Butler strained his left knee during Friday's game against the Nuggets, but the injury is considered relatively minor, despite the fact that Butler was taken off the court in a wheelchair. It certainly would not be a surprise if Butler is held out Wednesday night, particularly with the All-Star break, and the rest it brings, looming, but given Butler's history as one of the league's toughest players it would be foolish to rule him out two days in advance. If Butler ultimately sits out Wednesday, his status for Sunday's All-Star Game could be in jeopardy, in which case a replacement player may need to be selected for the Eastern Conference squad.
Jimmy Butler (knee) will miss Monday's game against Charlotte but has not been ruled out through the All-Star break at this point, The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski reports.
Butler suffered a strained left knee in Friday's game on a scary fall under the hoop that resulted in him being taken off the court in a wheel chair. He will miss at least Saturday and Monday's game, leaving Wednesday's matchup against Atlanta as his last chance to return before the break. Tony Snell and E'Twaun Moore figure to pick up most of Butler's minutes while he's sidelined.
Jimmy Butler 's left knee strain was confirmed Saturday and he is without a timetable to return.
Butler's return will be dictated by how he responds to treatment, but he is one of the toughest players in the league, so it would not be surprising if he returned sooner than some might expect, given the fact that he was carted off Friday night. This is generally good news, as he did not suffer a tear, which could have ended his season. Look for Tony Snell, E'Twaun Moore and Doug McDermott to handle Butler's minutes over the rest of the first half, and we should get an update on Butler's status around the All-Star break.
Butler suffered a scary knee injury Friday that has fortunately only been diagnosed as a knee sprain for now. There is currently no timetable for his return, but it would likely be safe to assume he will not return until after the All Star break. However, that is just speculation at this point. In his absence E'Twaun Moore, Tony Snell, and Doug McDermott should see increased usage in the team's offense. Derrick Rose will likely need to take on a bigger role offensively as well. Mike Dunleavy is considered questionable Saturday also, but could see an immediate heavier workload than usual due to Butler's status.
Jimmy Butler has been diagnosed with a sprained left knee and will not return to Friday's game against the Nuggets, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
The full extent of Butler's injury will not be known until sometime after Friday's game, but he will not return to the court due to his setback. Expect his status to be updated when more details are released.
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