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21 Jimmy Butler SG
Height/Weight: 6-7/220 | Birthdate: 9/14/1989 | Birthplace: Houston, TX | Team: Chicago Bulls | College: Marquette | NBA Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 99/37 | Average Draft Position: 94.69
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Bulls' Jimmy Butler could miss 3-6 weeks with elbow sprain


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) An MRI revealed Bulls guard Jimmy Butler suffered an elbow sprain and he could miss three-to-six weeks, the team announced Monday.

Butler injured his elbow during Sunday's game against the Clippers and he was not able to finish the contest, but he will not need surgery.

In 55 games, Butler is averaging 20.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Frowards Tony Snell and Nikola Mirotic are expected to see their roles increase with Butler sidelined.

Butler will be evaluated on a weekly basis in the hopes of returning sooner, a source told the Chicago Tribune.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler has hyperextended elbow, MRI on Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Jimmy Butler left Sunday's Bulls game early after a collision with the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan. 

After the game, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Butler's elbow had been hyperextended. 

Butler will have an MRI on the elbow, Monday. 


Jimmy Butler leaves Bulls game after hurting elbow


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Bulls SG Jimmy Butler left Sunday's game against the Clippers with an elbow injury. 

Butler ran into the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan, who was setting a screen, and suffered a left-elbow sprain. 

Butler was taken back into the locker room. After originally being listed as questionable, the Bulls later announced that he wouldn't return to the game. 


Bulls SG Jimmy Butler delivers 28-12 line vs. Timberwolves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting while grabbing a season-high 12 rebounds in his team's 96-89 win over the Timberwolves Friday.

Butler saw 43 minutes of action in the win, and the high usage rate allowed him to post his fourth double-double of the season and his first since Jan. 7. He also kicked in two steals, two blocks and one assist Friday.

The Bulls will move ahead to face the Clippers Sunday.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler dealing with thumb injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) The pain has not subsided in Bulls forward Jimmy Butler's thumb, but he said he doesn't expect to have surgery in the offseason, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Butler said the thumb has improved, but he will continue to wear a protective splint to prevent further damage. Despite the pain, Butler scored a combined 49 points over his last two games.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler scores 30 points in losing effort Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler scored 30 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, in Chicago's 100-91 loss to the Pistons Friday.

Butler, who also went a perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line, added five rebounds and five assists to his totals. It was Butler's first 30-plus point game of the month and first since Jan. 29 when he scored 35 points.


Bulls list Dunleavy, Hinrich and Butler as probable for Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) The Bulls have listed Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich and Jimmy Butler as probable for Friday's game against the Pistons, according to the team's play-by-play announcer.

Dunleavy is dealing with an ankle injury, Hinrich has turf toe and Butler is battling a shoulder issue. Butler missed one game due to the injury. Hinrich has already missed three games. 


Bulls' Jimmy Butler plans to play in Friday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was able to participate in Wednesday's entire practice and he will play in Friday's game against the Pistons, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Butler has been dealing with a shoulder strain, but he was able to play in Sunday's All-Star Game.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler still dealing with shoulder injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2015) Although Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was able to play in Sunday's All-Star Game, he admits he was less than 100 percent when he checked into the game, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Butler was limited to nine minutes during the game because of a shoulder strain he suffered last Tuesday.

"I wish I was 100 percent healthy so I could do a lot more," Butler said. "But it was fun."

While Butler said it was a great feeling to play in the game, he thought it was weird playing in a game without much defense.

"A few of my guys was like, 'Yo, chill. Don't do all of that,'" Butler said. "So I couldn't be the player that I am."


Bulls G Jimmy Butler will test injured shoulder prior to ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler was able to take part in All-Star practice on Saturday test his injured shoulder out prior to tipoff on Sunday to determine if he is fit to play in the exhibition game, ESPN reports.

Butler missed the final game before the break because of a shoulder strain he suffered Tuesday against Sacramento. The 25-year-old is in the midst of his best statistical season, averaging 20.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists through 49 games -- good enough for his first All-Star selection. He remains hopeful of seeing limited action on Sunday and is expected to be fit for Feb. 20 against the Pistons -- Chicago's first game back from the break.


Bulls SG Jimmy Butler (shoulder) looking to return Feb. 20


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler (shoulder) said Friday that he hopes to return to action on Feb. 20 against the Pistons in the first game after the All-Star break, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"That's the plan," Butler said. "I should be all right."

Butler first suffered his shoulder injury Sunday and severely aggravated it two days later, with an MRI confirming he was dealing with a shoulder strain.

"It's getting better," Butler said. "I just have to take care of my body like I've been doing all season. It's unfortunate. But that's what this time off is for. I think I'll be fine."

Butler is hoping to see limited action in the All-Star Game Sunday.

"I think I'll be out there," Butler said. "I don't want to miss an All-Star game. This is my first one. They don't come easy in this league. That's for sure."

Butler has averaged 20.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists through 49 games, by far his best numbers in each category in his four-year career.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler on injured shoulder: I want to play in ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/13/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler told reporters during NBA All-Star Media Day that he wants to play in Sunday's exhibition game at Madison Square Garden, per ESPN. Butler was selected to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. He made the trip to New York, but is still considered questionable for the game.

"I don't want to miss an All-Star Game," Butler said.

Butler missed the final game before the break because of a shoulder strain he suffered Tuesday against Sacramento. The 25-year-old is in the midst of his best statistical season, averaging 20.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists through 49 games.


Bulls rule Jimmy Butler out of Thursday's game vs. Cavs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said guard Jimmy Butler will not play in Thursday's game against the Cavaliers, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Butler sustained a right shoulder strain during the Tuesday's game against the Kings. He is considered day to day. Tony Snell will start in place of Butler.

Butler will travel to New York following Thursday's game to participate in All-Star Weekend. However, Thibodeau said he was not sure if Butler would play in Sunday's All-Star Game. He has already pulled out of Saturday's Skills Competition. 

The Bulls are 1-point underdogs.


MRI confirms shoulder strain for Bulls SG Jimmy Butler


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler underwent an MRI on his injured right shoulder, which confirmed a strain, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Butler missed the second half of Tuesday's contest against the Kings with the injury. Although Butler did not practice Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau listed him as day to day moving forward. With the All-Star break approaching, the Bulls make take a cautious approach with their star guard Thursday night against the Cavaliers. If he's unable to play, E'Twaun Moore could see some extended minutes.


Bulls G Jimmy Butler headed for MRI on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler, who missed the second half of Tuesday's contest against the Kings with a right shoulder strain, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters, per ESPN.

"[He'll] probably have an MRI [Wednesday]," Thibodeau said. "He's got soreness, so hopefully he'll be better tomorrow."

Butler, a first-time All-Star, has one game left Thursday night against the Cavaliers before the break. Kirk Hinrich will likely fill in for him while he remains sidelined. It remains to be seen if Butler is healthy enough to participate in the exhibition game. He is averaging 20.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists through 49 games this season.


Bulls SG Jimmy Butler (shoulder) will not return Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler will not return to Tuesday's game due to a right shoulder strain, per the team's radio play-by-play announcer.

Butler played 22 minutes in the first half before the injury was reported during halftime. He scored five points on just 2 of 8 shooting while kicking in two rebounds and two assists.

Butler was able to play through shoulder issues Sunday, and his status for Thursday's game against the Cavaliers is up in the air. He is also scheduled to participate in the All-Star Skills Challenge, scheduled for Feb. 14.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler plays through shoulder issue on Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was able to play through a shoulder issue on Sunday.

Butler left the game in just before half-time, and received some treatment on his shoulder. He was able to return for the second half, and battled through the issue. Butler shot 9-16 from the field, including 3-4 from beyond the arc. He sunk all six of his free throws, picking up 27 points. Butler also dished out five assists and had six steals. 


NBA announces AS skills competition participants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) On Thursday, the NBA announced the competitors for the Skills Challenge to be held Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of the festivities of All-Star Weekend.

Jazz guard and defending champion Trey Burke will be joined by Wizards guard John Wall, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Hawks guard Jeff Teague, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams, Bucks guard Brandon Knight and Suns guard Isaiah Thomas in the skills competition.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler struggling to buckle down defensively


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) After his team finished in the top 10 in defensive field goal percentage in each of his first four seasons, the Bulls entered Wednesday's 101-90 loss to the Rockets ranked 12th in the NBA. Guard Jimmy Butler, a second-team All-NBA defender last season, takes full responsibility for his team's defensive woes, per ESPN.

"I think it starts with me, to tell you the truth," Butler said. "I'm supposed to be this prime-time defender and I don't think I've been holding up my end of the bargain lately. So I think whenever I start kicking it up three, four notches on defense and not worry about offense as much, I think it'll all turn around."

Chicago allowed 100 points only 16 times last season. This season, they have allowed 99.9 points per contest. Butler, who is now averaging a career-best 20.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists while leading the NBA at 39.8 minutes per game, revealed that his newfound offensive prowess has made it difficult for him to hold up his "end of the bargain" defensively.

"You have to pick and choose your battles and save your energy for both ends of the floor now," Butler said. "I'm not going to lie, I thought it was going to be easier than it is. But to go on one end and produce and then go on the other end and have to stop the best player on the opposing team is not always an easy task."


Bulls list Butler, Gibson as probable, Dunleavy questionable for Friday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (knee) and Taj Gibson (knee) are both listed as probable for Friday’s game against the Suns, the team announced.

Butler banged knees during Thursday’s game against the Lakers and was unsure of his status for Friday. Gibson played through a knee injury he suffered Tuesday in Thursday’s contest.

Mike Dunleavy is considered questionable after missing the last 15 games for Chicago with a foot injury.

The Bulls are currently 6 1/2-point underdogs against the Suns.


Bulls' Jimmy Butler uncertain for Friday after bumping knee Thursday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Bulls guard Jimmy Butler told reporters after Thursday’s game he got hit on the knee and is unsure if he will suit up for Friday’s game. Butler, who is averaging 20.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, normally plays through the pain, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

NBA All-Star reserves selected


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) The reserves for both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star squads were announced Thursday.

In the East, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Hawks guard Jeff Teague, Hawks forward Paul Millsap, Heat forward Chris Bosh and Hawks center Al Horford were selected to the All-Star team.

In the West, Rockets guard James Harden, Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Clippers guard Chris Paul, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge and Spurs forward Tim Duncan were named All-Star reserves.

The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be played in New York City's Madison Square Garden on Feb. 15.


Bulls expect Butler to play Thursday; Dunleavy questionable


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said he believes guard Jimmy Butler will be available to play in Thursday's game at the Los Angeles Lakers, reports ESPNChicago.com.

Butler missed Tuesday's game while dealing with an illness. Meanwhile, forward Mike Dunleavy will be a game-time decision. Dunleavy hasn't played since Jan. 1 because of a foot injury.

The Bulls are 9-point favorites.


Illness to keep Bulls' Jimmy Butler out of Tuesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau told reporters forward Jimmy Butler is dealing with an illness and will be held out of Tuesday’s game at Golden State. Forward Tony Snell is expected to see an increased role with Butler out.

The Bulls are 10 1/2-point underdogs. 


Illness could keep Bulls' Jimmy Butler sidelined Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The Bulls announced guard Jimmy Butler is questionable to play Tuesday against the Warriors after missing shootaround due to an illness. The Bulls are 10-point underdogs to the Warriors, who are 36-6.

Butler is averaging a season-low 16.3 points per game through 13 January appearances. He averaged 21.9 points in November and 21.5 points in December.