Jimmy Butler Will Miss Several Weeks; Left Knee Sprain
Friday night was going well for the Chicago Bulls and especially their shooting guard Jimmy Butler. He was 6-8 from the field, while also sinking 7 of 9 free throws. He had already scored 19 points, and also added 2 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. It wasn’t long, though, until pain crept up on Butler in the second quarter.
At first, the injury wasn’t thought to be too serious. However, a checkup on Tuesday ended in the team announcing that Butler will miss around 3-4 weeks of play. The official injury is noted as a left knee sprain. The news came as much of a surprise as it did a big blow for the Chicago Bulls. The team is already missing two valuable teammates due to injury, Joakim Noah and Nikola Mirotic. Not to mention the day-to-day uncertainty of their point guard Derrick Rose.
At the start of the season, Jimmy Butler made a bet with his trainer that he would play in every game this season. He ended up missing his first game on February 3rd due to soreness. Two days later, he learns that he will be missing a lot more time than originally expected.
The Chicago Bulls aren’t the only ones suffering from this unfortunate injury. The All-Star break will also be without one of their main players. Butler is going to have to sit out for that game as well, after being selected to the team for the second year in a row. In his place, the NBA announced that teammate Pau Gasol will be his replacement. Gasol is also having a very nice season, averaging 17 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. Gasol has been to six All-Star games in his career, this being his second straight as a member of the Bulls.
After their game against the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, which was a loss, the Bulls continue to find the end of this terrible run they’re on. They have now lost 12 of their last 17 games and are preparing to take on the Atlanta Hawks, who have won three of their last five.
The Chicago Bulls believe that this injury couldn’t have come “at a worse time.” However, if there is any team that can overcome adversity, it’s the Bulls. They have proved it year after year. It’s that time again and they’re ready for the challenge. They still have a steady group of young players that would love the opportunity to show what they are made of. They also have Mike Dunleavy back, who made his season debut on Saturday.
The Bulls face off against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, February 10th. Who will come out on top?