Bulls suffer yet another injury setback…
Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler has been ruled out for between three and six weeks after suffering an elbow sprain in the Los Angeles Clippers game on Sunday.
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Butler picked up the injury after colliding with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on a screen, and he immediately grabbed his elbow and was in pain on the bench as the medical staff attended to him.
The 25-year-old was then taken back to the locker room and did not return to the game, with the Bulls anxiously waiting for the results of an MRI scan on Monday.
That scan has revealed that he has suffered a ligament sprain and while the good news is that he doesn’t require surgery, he will need to sit out for at least three weeks with the issue.
Chicago will remain hopeful that their star guard returns before the regular season ends, but their season undoubtedly looks in danger of collapsing as they continue to get hit by the injury curse.
Point guard Derrick Rose underwent knee surgery last week and is also expected back just in time for the end of the regular season, while Taj Gibson was seen wearing a walking boot on Sunday.
As a result, coach Tom Thibodeau will be under pressure to keep his team afloat over the next month as they look to hold on to their high seeding in the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls currently sit in third spot in the East, just a half game above the Cleveland Cavaliers with the Washington Wizards and Milwaukee Bucks not far behind.
Bulls send out release saying MRI on Jimmy Butler's elbow confirmed sprain. Say he could be out between 3-6 weeks.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) March 2, 2015