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Jimmy Butler Injury: Updates on Bulls Star's Knee and Return

Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2016

Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler had just returned from injury for his team's 108-100 victory over the Houston Rockets on March 5, but he missed the following game against the Milwaukee Bucks with swelling in his knee. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.


Butler to Play vs. Raptors

Monday, March 14

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune noted Butler will play against the Toronto Raptors on Monday.


Butler Visits Dr. Andrews

Thursday, March 10

CBS Sports' Ken Berger, citing a league source, reported, "Butler's visit with Dr. James Andrews revealed 'no issues' in left knee."

Johnson reported Wednesday swelling in the knee "has subsided but there's lingering pain."


Butler A Vital Part of Bulls' Playoff Hopes

Butler, 26, has emerged as one of the league's top shooting guards over the past two seasons. He's leading the Bulls in scoring again this season, averaging 22.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.

Injuries are becoming a concern, however. Butler missed 17 games in the 2014-15 campaign and already missed time this season with a knee injury.

The injuries are certainly mounting for the Bulls. Joakim Noah is out for the year, while Nikola Mirotic, Taj Gibson, Mike Dunleavy and Derrick Rose have dealt with injuries that have cost them time this season. 

Getting Butler back in the lineup will be a major boost to a team with postseason aspirations.

 

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