Injury curse strikes again for Chicago…
Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler is scheduled to have an MRI scan on Monday after he sustained a hyper-extended elbow during Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Butler suffered the injury after a collision with DeAndre Jordan and after spending time with the medical team on the sidelines, he was later taken to the locker room and did not return to the game.
It is yet another injury blow for coach Tom Thibodeau who was already without point guard Derrick Rose who underwent knee surgery last week, while Taj Gibson was missing with an ankle sprain and was seen wearing a walking boot on Sunday.
In addition, Pau Gasol played under the weather against the Clippers and it showed in his shooting performance, but Joakim Noah insisted that no other team is going to feel sorry for them so they just have to hope players recover and give them a boost in the coming weeks.
Nevertheless, the injury to Butler is a heavy blow given his importance to the team this year as he currently averages 20.4 points, 3.3 assists and 6.0 rebounds per contest, all up on his career stats as he earned an All-Star nod last month for his improvement.
In addition, the 25-year-old plays a key role on defense and is Thibodeau’s most reliable star given that he plays the highest minutes per game of any player in the league.
The Bulls will hope that their luck is turning and that the MRI scan reveals nothing serious as they look to push on down the final stretch of the regular season.