Friday NBA Roundup: Jimmy Butler Is One Piece Bulls Truly Can’t Afford to Lose

February 6th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

.The Chicago Bulls can lose Derrick Rose. They can soldier on without Nikola Mirotic. They can be just fine without Joakim Noah. They can win without Pau Gasol.

They cannot survive without Jimmy Butler.

On the heels of a gut-wrenching 115-110 loss to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Friday night, the Bulls may have to find room for survival without their best player.

Butler left the game late in the second quarter after he came crashing down on his right leg at the tail end of a drive toward the basket. He was in visible pain:

As it would turn out, he actually injured his left knee—the same left knee that caused him to miss Chicago's Feb. 3 tilt against the Sacramento Kings. He could be seen hopping around on his right leg, as if this was just another mid-game hiccup—as if this was no big deal, per Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post:

Unable to stay in the game, Butler exited the court in a wheelchair, a sight that was hardly encouraging:  

Soon after, the Bulls brought word that Butler suffered a left knee sprain ...

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