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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Bulls Injury Update: Jimmy Butler out for two to four weeks


By on 10/29/2014 04:30:00 PM

Jimmy Butler, the Bulls promising young guard out of Marquette, has been declared out for two to four weeks with a sprained left thumb. Butler suffered the injury 10 days ago during a preseason game against the Hornets, and despite sitting out for a week and a half, his pain has not ceased.

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It had been reported earlier this week that his thumb had improved and he would be a game-time decision for Chicago's regular season opener, however Butler's status is now confirmed as out for the contest. The news was reported earlier this morning when coach Tom Thibodeau explained the situation to reporters.
The injury comes on the heels of a career year by Butler that saw him post career-high averages in every category across the board. Entering his fourth season, Butler was seen as a key piece in what could be a very successful season for the Bulls. The loss of Butler leaves Chicago without one of the elite perimeter defenders in the league, a void that will be hard to fill. It appears Kirk Hinrich will assume the starting backcourt role alongside Derrick Rose until Butler returns. Second year guard and summer league sensation Tony Snell is likely to see an increase in playing time as well.

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